Master’s Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians (60 ECTS)

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Karolinska Institutet offers web-based Master’s Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians – unique education that addresses a wide range of aspects, from the latest research, diagnosis and treatment to organisational models for dementia care.

This unique opportunity is offered in cooperation with Stiftelsen Silviahemmet and participants who complete the course will earn the title of Silvialäkare (Silvia Doctor). The diploma as well as an official pin of completion will be presented by H. M. Queen Silvia of Sweden at a ceremony.

Purpose and goal

Dementia diseases are costly and often long-term and those diagnosed with it are in great need of medical expertise and quality care. Karolinska Institutet and Stiftelsen Silviahemmet’s (The Silviahemmet Foundation) joint Master’s Courses in Dementia Care focus on research and best practices, and prepare physicians to interact with dementia patients in a professional manner.

After completing the courses, the physician will have a deeper understanding of dementia as a whole and increased proficiency in dealing with dementia patients in all phases of the disease. The goal is to enable the physician to contribute to the development of effective and quality-assured dementia care.



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Target group

Physicians who want to deepen their understanding of dementia care, while at the same time receiving advice and knowledge on how to develop their own organisation to better meet the needs of modern dementia care.

Course content

The master’s courses in dementia care for physicians consists of 8 modules, addressing the following areas:

  • The cognitive and emotional functions of the brain and how they change with age.
  • Nerve cell structure, functions and effects of ageing.
  • Basic knowledge of light cognitive impairment, the different types of dementia, confusion, behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
  • Medical, social and functional investigation of suspected dementia.
  • Continuous treatment as the disease progresses.
  • Medication, rehabilitation and nursing care.
  • Severe dementia care and palliative care.
  • Care and work models.
  • Various organisational and management models for dementia care.

A more extensive presentation of the courses are presented in the course content pages.

Course leader – Professor Lars-Olof Wahlund.

Time and Place

The courses are conducted during four semesters: autumn 2020 until end of autumn 2022, starting on November 9, 2020. The studies are entirely web-based and equal to a one-year master’s degree. The master’s courses take place over two years as part-time studies to enable you to work at the same time.

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In order to meet the entry requirements, applicants must have a medical degree from an internationally recognised university. The language of instruction is English, and applicants are recommended to have a good proficiency in English. The studies are entirely web-based and are equal to a one-year master’s programme taking place over two years of part-time study.

The master’s courses are offered as contract education and can be commissioned only by a legal entity – an organisation, company or the equivalent.

Application deadline: 2020-09-25.

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