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Why choose LFOM?

Excellent preparation for a career in Occupational Medicine

Licentiateship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (LFOM) is an internationally recognised qualification, valued by healthcare employers worldwide.

LFOM is achieved through examination and is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland as a key knowledge-based assessment for Occupational Medicine in Ireland.

If you've chosen Occupational Medicine as a career path you need expert knowledge of a wide range of issues relating to employee health and wellbeing.

The qualification of LFOM shows potential employers that you can apply the principles of Occupational Medicine in a clinical setting and critically reflect on medical conditions in an occupational context.

LFOM is an essential component of Higher Specialist Training in Occupational Medicine - the final stage of training before independent practice in Ireland.

When you pass LFOM, it is a good sign that you are ready to take the more advanced Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (MFOM) exam, which is also a requirement for Higher Specialist Training in Occupational Medicine.

Quality assured against international standards

It takes a great deal of dedication and hard work to pass the LFOM. There's a lot at stake and you need to have faith in the delivery and grading of your exams.

We go to great lengths to ensure our exams are fairly and consistently marked. Each question is carefully reviewed and assessed for difficulty. Our examiners are experienced clinicians who have met strict eligibility criteria.

We are committed to continuously reviewing the format and delivery of our exams to ensure they are aligned with international best practice.

Three international exam centres

It's now easier than ever to find an LFOM exam centre close to you.

We conduct LFOM Written exams once a year in three locations:

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • UAE
Occupational Medicine
Dr Lynda Sisson, Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Joining the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

When you achieve Licentiateship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (LFOM), you can become a Licentiate of the Faculty. 

Established in 1976, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine is one of six postgraduate specialist training bodies based in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It has close to 500 Members, who are experienced Consultant Occupational Physicians and leading experts in their field.

As a Licentiate you will enjoy a range of exclusive life-long membership benefits from RCPI, such as free online journals from the BMJ and the New England Journal of Medicine, and an affinity scheme, offering discounts on medical equipment, hotels, insurance, travel and lots more.

To become a Licentiate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine you must:

  • have passed the Licentiateship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (LFOM) examination
  • be nominated by two Fellows of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in good standing.

Nominations to Licentiateship are made by submitting a Nomination to Licentiateship Form, which is available on request - simply contact the Faculty by emailing FOM@rcpi.ie

Contact us

We have a dedicated examinations support team in our Dublin headquarters. They are there to guide you through your full exam journey, from application to MRCPI conferring. They are present at every exam and always happy to answer your questions.

Iain Martel

Team Lead, Examinations

Tel: 01 863 9723