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 Diagnostic Error Qstream Course

Diagnosis is one of the most difficult cognitive tasks in medicine; it is also the first step in informing clinical management decisions.

The objectives of this course include:

  • To enhance understanding of decision making during diagnosis in complex clinical environments;
  • To increase understanding of potential system and cognitive factors that can impact accurate diagnostic decision making within clinical practice;
  • To learn methods to identify, learn from and reduce diagnostic errors in clinical practice.

This version of the Diagnostic Error Qstream Course has been modified based on participant feedback from the first two courses run in 2016. The revised course includes an emphasis on critical thinking and self-reflection. There will also be greater opportunity for peer-to-peer learning with other participants.

The course will run from late March to May and takes as little as five minutes a day, two to three times a week to complete via email.

Register for the 2017 Diagnostic Error Qstream Course today. Places are limited.
Registration is open to RACP Fellows and Advanced trainees.

​If you have questions about this course please 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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