The Board of Study (BoS) in Psychiatry of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) conducts a training programme in psychiatry and an examination, leading to the degree Doctor of Medicine in Psychiatry (MD in psychiatry). The successful trainees can opt to follow a post MD programme in one of four sub-specialities i.e. child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, old age psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. This prospectus provides information regarding the regulations and guidelines formulated by the BoS in Psychiatry and the PGIM pertaining to the structure of the training programme in old age psychiatry and Board certification.
In preparation of this document it was taken into account the unique mental health needs of the older people that cannot be met through training only in general psychiatry.
On completion of training, a specialist in old age psychiatry is expected to possess adequate knowledge and skills to manage elderly patients, contribute to service development and research, and to work with relevant stakeholders to provide a specialist mental health service to older people. He/she should be able to contribute to advancement of old age psychiatry, voice opinion with policy makers and contribute to raise public awareness.
Successful completion of MD Psychiatry examination is a requirement to enter the post MD training programme in old age psychiatry. The number of trainees selected shall be decided by the BoS in Psychiatry, depending on the vacancies and the cadre approval by the Ministry of Health and availability of training placements.
The candidates will be selected on the basis of merit ranking of the relevant MD (Psychiatry) Examination results. The positions available will be offered to the candidates by the Board of Study (BoS) in Psychiatry.
Please refer to the relevant prospectus for the most up to date information. The prospectus of a particular programme contains official information pertaining to a programme approved by the Board of Management, University Senate and the University Grants Commission