Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes

Established in 1994

The Diploma is designed to demonstrate thorough specialist knowledge for those practitioners who are required to provide a medical and surgical response at the scene of major man-made and natural disasters. It is intended for civilian and military physicians, surgeons, dentists and nurses, who will work as members of medical response teams.

By means of the syllabus, it co-ordinates the preparation of personnel and establishes a level of skill for those working in the catastrophe situation. It is also intended to provide a means by which organisations can identify suitable personnel from those who volunteer to respond to such worldwide crises.

The Diploma is designed to assess the candidate's cross-specialty and organisational knowledge and awareness for the provision of a variety of medical and surgical responses.

The Society also runs a 12-month course to fulfil the requirements for admission to the examination. It is held in London one Saturday per month and begins each January.  More details are available here.

Further Information

In addition to the London date, the Examination is also held in the Netherlands; these examinations are limited to Dutch candidates.

Examination Format

The Diploma examination comprises a written, short answer question paper and an objective structured clinical and skills examination. Candidates sit both elements on the same day or subsequent days.

Full details are provided in the Guide to the Diploma and the Administrative Guidance to Candidates.

Applications for entry to the March 2022 Examination - CLOSED


An extra day has now been added to this diet. This decision has been made due to the ongoing uncertainties regarding the pandemic and the impact this may have on running face-to-face examinations. Currently, we are capping candidate numbers and running OSCPHEs as a split circuit, thus reducing the number of candidates, examiners and staff in the Hall at any one time, ensuring examinations can be run safely. This will be the most sensible precaution to take as we enter 2022.

Tuesday 1st March 2022 – SAQ (New date)

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 – OSCPHE (Day 1)

Thursday 3rd March 2022 – OSCPHE (Day 2)


Owing to the ongoing pandemic and the implications this has had in ensuring examinations can be run safely, we have decided to cap entries to the 2022 DMCC Examination at 40 candidates.

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. However, we aim to give priority to candidates who are nearing their 3-year period since completing the course.

Our aim is to approve all applications received. However, should they outnumber available spaces, a waiting list will be implemented and you will be notified if we are able to offer you a place. Candidates who have extenuating circumstances which do not meet the above criteria will be considered individually by the Registrar.

First time entry:  Form A

Re-entry:  Form R

Request for special examination arrangements: Form Q

Academic Policies for Candidates

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 Syllabus.

Candidate Code of Conduct

Candidate Misconduct Policy

Candidate Plagiarism Policy

List of Examiners


Hudson Rusby Leigh Prize

Eric H Hudson (1902-1990), N Lloyd Rusby (1905-1988) and A George Leigh (1909-1968) were medical officers during the Second World War, Harley Street colleagues, good friends and Liverymen of the Society. If they were alive today, they would no doubt be proud of the medical and surgical innovations that presently abound in conflict zones. With this in mind, their families, all of whom are represented in today’s Livery, have been pleased to be able to establish a fund for a prize to be awarded to the candidate gaining the best result in one year for the new format Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes. The associated cup, which is retained in the Hall, is in the form of a 17th-century-style, silver gilt, caudle cup and cover.

These cups have a medical connotation, as they were used for caudle, a mixture of warm, spicy gruel of oatmeal, sugar etc. with the addition of ale or wine, which was administered to convalescents and invalids (although, historically, the contents also seem to have been enjoyed by friends and visitors).

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