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.

A full list of the post’s responsibilities is set out in The Responsibilities and Duties of Members of the DTM&H Standard Setting Group Member.

Application criteria

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

  • 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 inthe training of junior doctors or other health care 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’sequality 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.
  • For this position experience of SSG membership is desirable.

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.

Expressions of interest (including a brief CV and a maximum of a single side single of A4 outlining your suitability for the post) should be submitted to the policy officer by email at policy.officer@mrcpuk.org before 5pm on 11 August 2017.

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 1 December 2017 and the successful applicant will be required to attend.