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Learning & Assessment

How will it be taught?

There will be two live virtual workshops within the course term:

  • Workshop 1: Friday, 22 September 2023 at 9am – 11am
  • Workshop 2: Friday, 19 January 2023 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

What will you learn?

  • Formal instruction in occupational medicine
  • Enhanced capacity to identify work related illness
  • Problem-solving skills required to manage occupational health problems
  • 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

How will the course be assessed?

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.

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

LFOM Examination & Application

NB: It is your responsibility to contact the RCPI to apply for the final examination.

The aim of this course is to help participants prepare to sit the Licentiate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (LFOM) organised by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (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 Mr Iain Martel: