Spaced Learning

Fast, effective learning on-the-go

Spaced Learning 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.

Spaced Learning courses are delivered by Qstream, an interactive learning platform, which disseminates case studies via email at spaced intervals.

Email notifications prompt participants to respond to case studies and each question takes just five minutes to complete. This flexibility means that participants are free to engage and learn in their own time via desktop or mobile.

Participants are also encouraged to discuss the case studies and share opinions with others through the secure, online discussion boards.

Fellows can count Spaced Learning courses towards their CPD requirements.


Developing Effective Teaching Skills

The Developing Effective Teaching Skills Qstream course is designed to provide practical strategies to help enhance your teaching skills and effectively balance teaching with a busy workload.

The course is made up of in-depth case studies and questions that are sent directly to your inbox at over a 3-week period. Participants are encouraged to discuss the case studies and share opinions with others through the online discussion forums.

The course is designed to enhance your knowledge in adult learning, provide practical strategies to incorporate effective teaching skills into day-to-day settings, and encourage self-reflection and peer discussion.

Enrol now to participate in the early August 2022 course.


Quality and Safety

Fellows and trainees of all specialties can be leaders in advocating for and improving quality and safety.

The Quality and Safety Spaced Learning Qstream course consists of 3 short case studies with 12 questions. Participants will receive case studies directly to their inbox and can complete them at a time that suits them over a 4-week period.

The cases are designed to support you to identify quality and safety concerns, learn practical approaches to overcome these issues, and facilitate self-reflection and peer discussion. Participants are encouraged to discuss the case studies and share opinions with others through secure, online discussion forums.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will receive a toolkit of useful resources to support their ongoing learning.

End of Life Care

Most Fellows and Trainees will care for patients who may die within 12 months. It's important to be familiar with issues that arise at the end of life and be able to recognise when a patient may be entering this state. Enhancing your skills with end of life and advance care planning discussions will help you look after your patients.

The End of Life Care Qstream course is made up of 11 multiple-choice case studies framed within clinical scenarios. The cases are designed to encourage critical thinking, self-reflection and prompt discussion.

  • 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.

Diagnostic Error

  • 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.

About Qstream

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 improve 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.

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