Online Professionalism Program (OPP)

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Online Professionalism Program

The RACP Online Professionalism Program (OPP) is a free online learning program that is designed to enhance physician’s practice and performance. The program content is based on real scenarios, developed by RACP Fellows with the aim to challenge physician thinking and improve professional practice.

How does it work?

The OPP is delivered by Qstream - an interactive learning platform - which disseminates case studies via email at spaced intervals. Qstream is developed by the Harvard Medical School and has been shown to increase knowledge retention, change on-the-job behaviours and improve patient outcomes.

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.


OPP Courses are developed under and focus on various domains within the SPPP (Supporting Physicians’ Professionalism & Performance) framework Previous OPP courses delivered by RACP include: Modern Workplace Challenges and Diagnostic Error. Several new courses will be released in 2017.

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Cultural Responsiveness Course

Australia and New Zealand are becoming more multicultural and the relevance of cultural responsiveness is increasing accordingly. As physicians, there is an ever-growing need to consider best practice when interacting with colleagues and patients of diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds.

A new RACP Online Professionalism Program course on cultural responsiveness will commence in September.

This course aims to:

  • encourage self-reflection on core cultural values and improve physician understanding of implicit bias in patient interactions
  • provide physicians with resources, tools and framework to enhance cultural responsiveness in their practice
  • enable physicians to assess patients’ language needs and work more effectively with interpreters.

Participants will receive case study questions framed within clinical settings and designed to encourage critical thinking sent to their email inbox. Each question will take as little as five minutes a day, two to three times a week to complete. An optional forum is also available to allow for peer-to-peer discussion and learning.

Places are limited. Register for the RACP Online Professionalism Program Cultural Responsiveness Course

The course is FREE for RACP members and counts towards Continuing Professional Development requirements.

Registrations close Friday, 1 September 2017.

If you have questions about the course email

CPD Information

The Online Professionalism Program is FREE for RACP members and counts towards Continuing Professional Development requirements. Find out more about the RACP continuing professional development program and MyCPD

About the Qstream platform

Qstream is a novel, evidence-based form of online education that has been demonstrated in randomised trials to improve knowledge acquisition, boost retention and change behaviour. 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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