Ignou Post Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine

Post Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine PGDGM

This programme has been developed to provide an opportunity to MBBS doctors in government and private sector for updating their knowledge and developing skills in the area of Geriatric Medicine for providing comprehensive care to the elderly.


After completion of the programme, the learners should be able to:

  • Upgrade their knowledge and skills for providing comprehensive health care to the elderly;
  • Inculcate the inter-disciplinary approach for diagnosing and managing of geriatric problems and
  • Improve their clinical, social and communication skills by undergoing hands-on training in medical colleges.

Eligibility: MBBS

Medium of Instruction: English

Duration: Minimum 1 year and Maximum 3 years; offered only in January cycle of admissions.

Fee Structure: Rs.26,000/- for full programme

Programme Details:

More than 50% of the credit hours is devoted for hands-on-training. The programme has two theory courses (MME 4 and MME 5) and two Practical courses (MMEL 4 and MMEL 5).

Course Code Title of the Course Credits Download
MME 4 Basic Geriatrics 6
MME 5 Clinical Geriatrics 8
MMEL 4 Basic Geriatrics 6
MMEL 5 Clinical Geriatrics 12
Total Credits 32

Selection Criteria

Five seats in each PSC are reserved for candidates sponsored by a state/central govt. Selection will be made on the basis of merit. A separate merit list will be prepared for each Regional Centre on the basis of the total score of an applicant. Separate merit lists will be prepared for different categories as per Central Govt. rules.
The scores will be calculated by considering two criteria:

  • Total percentage of marks secured in all MBBS examinations.
  • Total years of experience (Period from the date of completion of internship up to the date of the beginning of the session).

Programme Implementation

The students enrolled for the programme will be attached to the identified programme study centre which are medical colleges or tertiary medical care set up (programme study centre). In addition, they will have to undergo the hands-on- training at identified district hospitals (Skill Development Centres) for 70 hours. The contact sessions at PSC will be of 30 days divided into four spells, spread over a period of one year. Programme Study Centres once allotted will not be changed except in case of vacancy and provided no practical training has been undertaken by the candidate.
Admission to the Programme is under ‘offline mode’. Applicants are advised to download the Prospectus from the website, print the application form and submit the filled-in application along with relevant documents and registration fee of Rs.400/- (in the form of a DD drawn in favour of IGNOU and payable at the city of the Regional Centre) at the Regional Centre. The selection will be done by way of a merit list. Only selected candidates will be required to pay the Programme Fee within a stipulated date, for which they will receive an intimation from the Regional Centre. PGDGM Applicants are required to fill the Form-B along with the main application


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