SCALES GP Refresher Course

Upcoming Dates

10 September 2019 (Dublin)
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10 Weeks, Part-Time


Member – €1,600
Non-Member – €2,000

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Course summary

This is a refresher course for those wishing to return to work in general practice after a career break and an orientation course for those who had trained in other areas but now wish to work part-time in general practice.

Course administrator

Yvette Dalton, email:

Course dates for 2019

The course will run for nine days between 10 September – 19 November 2019. Please contact for further information.


  1. Tuesday, 10 September,
  2. Tuesday, 17 September
  3. Tuesday, 24 September


  1. Tuesday, 8 October
  2. Thursday, 17 October
  3. Tuesday, 22 October


  1. Tuesday, 5 November
  2. Tuesday, 12 November
  3. Tuesday, 19 November

Who can apply?

This course is open to all doctors irrespective of their chosen specialty in medicine.


40 external CPD credits

Course content

Some of the topics covered on this course include:

General medicine, therapeutics, emergencies in general practice, women's health, men's health, paediatrics, and clinical examination.

Overall aim of the course

This is a refresher course for those who wish to return to work in general practice after a career break, and an orientation course for those who had trained in other areas but now wish to work part‐time in general practice.

The aim of this course is to focus keenly on what general practitioners actually do and to facilitate doctors to work in general practice with an appropriate level of confidence and competence.

It is not intended to provide vocational training in general practice and completion of the course will not entitle one to recognition as a trained general practitioner. Neither will it be recognised as experience in preparation for the membership examination in general practice.

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is many fold. For some participants, it is a process of revision of information that they generally have already achieved but have not been putting in to practice in recent times; for others it is an introduction to general practice. The learning outcome set out by the course is to update the participants on current guidelines, revise some practical work and give doctors a sense of what choices are out there. Learning outcomes from such a diverse group will be different for each participant.

Course format

Each workshop is broken into two sessions. One session is led by a guest speaker with a special interest in the topic being studied on the day and the other session is led by the course director and focuses on small group teaching and interactive discussion on clinical topics and day‐to‐day practice management.

Course material will be provided in advance and participants are expected to study this as best they can in their own time to maximise their learning from the course.

Maximum: 18 participants.

Course assessment and evaluation

There will be no formal examination on completion of the course. A satisfactory attendance record will entitle a participant to a Certificate of Completion.

Additional topics may be included to address the particular educational needs of participants.

Course Content

  • Topics
    • 1.0 Introduction GPR-1.0
    • 1.1 Women's Health - Gynaecology GPR-1.1
    • 1.2 - Women's Health - Menopause and Osteoporosis GPR-1.2
    • 1.3 - Women's Health - STIs and Vaginal Discharge GPR-1.3
    • 1.4 - Women's Health - Cervical and Breast Cancer GPR-1.4
    • 2.1 - Cardiovascular - Hypertension and Smoking GPR-2.1
    • 2.2 - Cardiovascular - Obesity and Lipid Disorders GPR-2.2
    • 2.3 - Paediatrics - Combined Antenatal Care and Immunisations GPR-2.3
    • 2.4 - Palliative Care GPR-2.4
    • 3.1 Cardiovascular - Heart Failure and Chest Pain GPR-3.1
    • 3.2 - Cardiovascular Medicine - CVA/AAA/A Fib GPR-3.2
    • 3.3 - Ophthalmology GPR-3.3
    • 3.4 - Endocrinology - Diabetes GPR-3.4
    • 4.1 - Respiratory Medicine - Asthma GPR-4.1
    • 4.2 - Respiratory Medicine - COPD GPR-4.2
    • 4.3 - Women's Health - Contraception GPR-4.3
    • 4.4 - Geriatrics GPR-4.4
    • 5.1 - Mental Health GPR-5.1
    • 5.2 - Rheumatology GPR-5.2
    • 5.3 - Practice Management GPR-5.3
    • 6.1 - Women's Health - Practical Session GPR-6.1
    • 6.2 - Minor Surgery GPR-6.2
    • 6.3 - Addiction and Alcohol GPR-6.3
    • 7.1 - Gastroenterology GPR-7.1
    • 7.2 - Dermatology GPR-7.2
    • 8.1 - Orthopaedics GPR-8.1
    • 8.2 - Paediatrics GPR-8.2
    • 8.3 - Travel Medicine GPR-8.3
    • 9.1 - Occupational Health GPR-9.1
    • 9.2- Men's Health GPR-9.2
    • 9.3 - Miscellaneous GPR-9.3
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