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LFOM - Occupational Medicine

Upcoming Dates

Year 1 commences
10 September 2021 (Dublin)

Year 2 commences
10 September 2021 (Dublin)

Duration

2 Years, Part-Time

Fee

Member – €2,500 to €2,750 per year
Non-Member – €3,900 to €4,290 per year

Introduction

This Licentiate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (LFOM) course is for doctors interested in occupational medicine who wish to improve their knowledge base and skills. The course is run jointly by the ICGP and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).
This course will begin with a virtual workshop on Friday 10 September 2021, from 9am – 11am

Course Principal

Dr Conor McDonnell, Consultant in Occupational Medicine, MB FFOMI MICGP

Course Assessor

Dr Susan Hill, Consultant in Occupational Medicine, MB FRCPI FFOMI

Course contact

Education@ICGP.ie

What is the aim of the course?

The course aims to prepare participants for the sitting of the LFOM examination run by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, RCPI by providing doctors with:

  • Formal instruction in occupational medicine.
  • Guidance on accepted standards of provision of occupational health services including legislation, ethics and communication.
  • An overview of the identification, prevention and management of occupational hazards, injuries and illnesses.
  • Advice on how to access further information in occupational medicine and encouragement to participate in relevant ongoing continuing medical education.

Who can apply?

This course is open to all registered general practitioners who meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must hold a medical qualification acceptable to the ICGP and Faculty of Occupational Medicine, RCPI
  • Candidates must be a registered and authorised to practice medicine by their appropriate national body
  • GP specialist registrars may apply once they have written permission from their GP training scheme director and they are training in a general practice which provides an occupational medicine service i.e., they will have access to occupational medicine cases

You may consider registering for this course any of the following apply to you:

  • Currently providing occupational health services to employers
  • Considering future provision of occupational health services
  • Seeking to improve your knowledge of occupational health matters for you working patients
  • An occupational medicine specialist registrar

Course Structure

The duration of the course is two years, delivered online in an eLearning environment
A time commitment of approximately six hours per week is necessary during the course term (September – May). 
Two live virtual workshops will be held within the course term:

  • Workshop 1: Friday, 10 September 2021 at 9am – 11am
  • Workshop 2: Friday, 4 February 2022 at 9am – 11am

The course is divided into units, and each unit will be delivered through a blend of:

  • Recorded presentations from subject matter experts
  • Reading material
  • Multiple choice questions (MCQs)
  • Written assignments
  • Discussion Board

Course Material

All course material, assignments and the Discussion Board will be available on the ICGP Education Platform. Course participants will have secure access to a bespoke course page on this interactive platform, which will be tailored specifically to both first- and second-year course material and participant's learning needs. Access and instructions relating to the ICGP Education Platform will be provided at the beginning of the course. Please note, you must have a MYICGP log in to access the ICGP Education Platform.  

Methods of Assessment

In order to satisfactorily complete this course, participants will be required to submit the following written assignments:

LFOM Year 1:

  • 3 occupational medicine clinical cases
  • 1 occupational injury clinical case

LFOM Year 2:

  • 1 worksite visit report
  • 1 project. These may include policy documents on sharps injuries and exposure to bodily fluids, a pregnancy risk assessment, an ergonomic workstation assessment etc.
Ideally candidates should have access to occupational medicine cases themselves. Candidates will receive feedback from the Course Assessor on each piece of written work submitted. 

Course participants are also required to:

  • Participate on the secure Discussion Board during year 1 and 2.
  • Complete MCQs where available after each unit. The MCQs are provided as self-assessment tools and scheduled throughout during year 1 and 2. 
Ultimately, the written assignments and other course material are designed with a view to prepare candidates to sit the LFOM examination run by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, RCPI. 

LFOM Examination & Application

NB: It is the candidates responsibility to apply for the final examination with the RCPI 

Candidates who succeed the end-point examination will be awarded the Licentiate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. For the MFOM (membership exam), once a candidate passes the LFOM exam and intends to sit the MFOM exam, the MCQ result may be carried forward to the MFOM written exam, exempting the candidate from sitting MCQ paper 1.

The RCPI have a dedicated examinations support team in their Dublin headquarters. They are there to guide you through your full exam journey, from application to conferring. They are present at every exam and always happy to answer your questions.
If you would like to speak to someone about this exam, please contact:
Email: examinations@rcpi.ie
Phone: +353 1 863 9723 
Website: https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/ 

Testimonial

"Having completed the ICGP LFOM preparatory course earlier this year and subsequently passing the clinical cases and MCQ Exam I can highly recommend this course. For busy doctors already practising occupational medicine and those considering this specialty, this course offers practical lectures, online course material and an interactive discussion board. Importantly for post graduate learning, this course provides valuable support from course directors negotiating clinical cases and workplace assessments required for LFOM portfolio including dilemmas encountered in daily practice. The weekend workshops offer an enjoyable opportunity to discuss cases and learn from specialists in the field, as well as meet up with new colleagues and useful contacts for the future."- Dr Sean Moffatt, GP & Sports Physician, Mayo