In 1973 The Court of the Society instituted an examination leading to the award of a Diploma in Venereology. This Diploma, now known as the Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine, covers sexually transmitted infections and related conditions and is open to registered medical practitioners who have worked in a Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Venereology or Sexual Health, or who have other relevant experience.
The examination is standard set at the level of a (competent) Year 2 SpR/ST4 in Genitourinary Medicine (Sexual Health and HIV). Those applicants who are not at that level may lack some of the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to pass the examination. Experience should be current so that candidates are fully aware of any recent developments.
The examination is based on the Specialty Training Curriculum for Genitourinary Medicine which was implemented on 1 December 2016.
In summary, the changes are:
- Reorganisation of the HIV content.
- New section on sexual dysfunction.
- Revisions to some competencies to ensure that doctors in training are able to respond to the needs of transgender/non-binary individuals.
- Addition of MCR tool.
- General updates in relation to Good Medical Practice and Equality and Diversity.
- Enhancing the content in relation to Female Genital Mutilation.
- Addition of QIPAT.
The curriculum and supporting documents including the "ARCP Decision Aid" are available on the JRCPTB web site at
A modular course run by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) provides useful revision.
*UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2022*
The examination can be taken by registered nurses / midwives, who must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of the United Kingdom and have held a qualification for at least three years to practise nursing or midwifery. The content of the examination is blueprinted to the requirements of the current Speciality Training Curriculum for Genitourinary Medicine. The standard of the exam is set at the level of a competent Year 2 Specialist Registrar/ST4 doctor in genitourinary medicine, which is the level candidates need to be practising at clinically regardless of their professional registration.
Candidates must produce satisfactory evidence that, after qualification they have at the time of application:
It is highly recommended that nurse/midwife candidates undertake the BASHH theory course modules 1 to 4 in preparation for the examination.
This will need to be verified by the candidates line manager
Guide to the Diploma Genitourinary Medicine 2023 - (incorporating the Regulations and Curriculum)
Note to prospective applicants regarding changes to the exam schedule from 2022
Administrative Guidance for Candidates
Policy for candidates seeking Special Examination Arrangements
You will notice some changes: -
You may enter or re-enter either part of the exam singularly.
A "pass" result for a single part of the exam may now be retained, and re-entry to only undertake the remaining part is permitted within a period of 2 years of the prior "pass" result. (see para 9 in the Guide to the DipGUM exam).
DGUM Examination Dates 2023:
OSCE - Thursday 11 May 2023 and/or Friday 12 May 2023
BO5 - Wednesday 12 July 2023
Full Exam - OSCE and Bo5 (first time entry or re-entry): e-Form1
Partial - OSCE exam Only (first time entry or re-entry): e-Form2
Partial - Best of Five Only (first time entry or re-entry): e-Form3
Request for special examination arrangements: Form Q
Examination-Review-and-Appeal-Procedure The Society's Review and Appeal Procedure gives information about feedback, review and appeal. Candidates who seek a review or appeal should note that there is a fee payable, the amount of which is given the the relevant Guide to the Diploma, including the Regulations and Curriculum.
Candidate Code of Conduct
Candidate Misconduct Policy
Candidate Plagiarism Policy
Information on how to complete the Best of 5 'BO5' paper
GU Sample questions - BO5 and OSCE
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