Online Professionalism Program
Fast, effective learning on-the-go
The RACP Online Professionalism Program (OPP) is a free online learning program designed to enhance physician’s practice and performance. Developed by RACP Fellows, the content challenges physician thinking and helps physicians improve their professional practice.
The OPP is delivered by Qstream – an interactive learning platform – which disseminates case studies via email at spaced intervals. The current courses focus on non-clinical domains of practice.
Email notifications prompt users to respond to case studies and each question takes just five minutes to complete. This flexibility means that users are free to engage and learn in their own time via desktop or mobile.
Users also have the option to discuss the case studies and share opinions with others through the secure, online discussion boards.
Fellows can count OPP courses towards their CPD requirements.
Diagnostic Error Qstream course
- Enhance understanding of decision making during diagnosis in complex environments.
- Increase knowledge of potential system and cognitive factors that can impact accurate diagnostic decision making.
- Advise how to identify, learn from and reduce diagnostic errors.
Cultural Responsiveness Qstream course
- Encourage self-reflection on core cultural values and improve understanding of implicit bias in patient interactions.
- Provide resources, tools and a framework to enhance cultural responsiveness in practice.
- Offer knowledge to assess patients’ language needs and work more effectively with interpreters.
End of Life Care Qstream course
- Enable understanding of how end-of-life care is relevant to physicians of all specialist backgrounds.
- Enable physicians to put this understanding into practice.
- Assist physicians to understand the role advance care planning has in improving end-of-life care.
Qstream is a novel, evidence-based form of online education that has been demonstrated in randomised trials to improve knowledge acquisition, boost retention, change on-the-job behaviours and imrpove patient outcomes. Developed by the Harvard Medical School, it is based on two core psychology research findings: the spacing effect and the testing effect.
The spacing effect refers to the psychology research finding that information which is presented and repeated over spaced intervals is more effectively retained by the learner. The testing effect refers to the research finding that the long-term retention of information is significantly improved by testing learners on this information. Testing is not merely a means to measure a learner's level of knowledge, but rather causes knowledge to be stored more effectively in long-term memory.