Vacancy: Members of the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) standard setting group

The Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP) is seeking to appoint two new members of the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) standard setting group.

Role expectations

The successful applicants will:

  • attend meetings of the standard setting group
  • advise on the pass mark to be applied to the examination paper
  • be responsible for evaluating the level of difficulty of each question in an examination paper in order to set a pass mark
  • ensure that the quality of individual questions is high and that the examination questions are of an appropriate standard
  • keep abreast of developments in the world of medical education and medical practice ensuring that the examination papers are relevant to the curriculum.

This is a non-salaried position though all reasonable expenses and travel costs will be met by MRCP(UK) central office in line with the Federation expenses policy. The tenure of appointment is 5 years.

A full list of the post’s responsibilities is available to download at the bottom of the page.

Application criteria

Applicants should meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply:

  • You should hold the DTM&H or an equivalent postgraduate diploma.
  • Medically qualified members must confirm that they are registered and in good standing with the GMC, and are in active practice in a specialty relevant to the DTM&H.
  • Clinicians working with the DTM&H examination are expected to have been actively engaged in the training of junior doctors or other healthcare workers within the last 2 years.
  • Academic members confirm that they are still active in their field of expertise and in good standing.
  • Be up to date as appropriate with relevant national guidelines, CPD requirements, employer’s equality and diversity training and appraisal process.

In addition it is a requirement for members of the DTM&H standard setting group that they fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • have considerable knowledge of the examination
  • have experience of standard setting and question writing in an academic environment
  • have an understanding of the principles behind criterion referencing and the Hofstee method, statistical methods used and interpretation of analyses performed on individual items
  • experience of SSG membership is desirable.

How to apply

Expressions of interest (including a brief CV and a maximum of a single side of A4 outlining your suitability for the post) should be submitted to the policy officer by email to before 5pm on 12 March 2018.

All applications will be considered by the chair of the DTM&H examining board.

The next DTM&H standard setting group will take place on 7 December 2018 and the successful applicant will be required to attend.