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Your portfolio needs to show you can apply the principles of occupational medicine in a clinical setting and critically reflect on the medical condition and the occupational context.
You are required to submit five clinical cases and five projects.
Please see the revised Regulations and instructions below.
Key changes for 2020:
All cases and projects have a maximum word count of 1,500 words. Candidates who exceed this limit will be penalised.
We recommend completing an academic course in occupational medicine before you apply; see those listed below.
You are required to submit five clinical cases that you personally managed, of which two are injury.
The cases must relate to Occupational Medicine and cannot have been carried out in general medical practice.
Your complete clinical cases should not exceed 7,500 words (1,500 words per case). You will be penalised if you exceed the allowed word count.
Your clinical cases should contain:
In your description of case management, be sure to consider aspects of rehabilitation, legal context, task analysis, communication to the employer and their response.
The case discussion is important and should include an appraisal covering the association between the clinical condition and its occupational context. In addition, issues such as causation and options for management should be discussed.
You must carry out a relevant literature review in regard to the case and all citations should be referenced according to the Vancouver convention.
You are required to submit five workplace projects.
Your projects must cover the following:
These should include a detailed hazard survey or risk assessment and relevant interpretation with recommendations. Marks will be allocated as indicated in the provided templates. The walk through surveys should be numbered Projects 1 and 2.
Workplace assessments must not be related to a medical facility. Candidates need to look outside the clinical and associated administrative environment and concentrate on basic non-medical work processes.
The remaining three documented projects must be in relation to policy development, audits and projects concerning improvements in occupational health matters.
You must demonstrate considerable personal involvement in these three projects. Simply copying an existing OH department document or using a Powerpoint presentation will not be acceptable.
These are examples of acceptable projects:
Relevant literature should be cited and all citations should be referenced according to the Vancouver convention.
Your projects should not exceed 7,500 words in total (1,500 words per project).
The projects, numbered 1 to 5, should contain:
You can request more detailed guidance and advice on what is expected of you by contacting the Examinations department at the details below.
Your portfolio must be written in plain English, using the active voice whenever possible.
In addition to a table of contents, you should include a brief curriculum vitae (separate document) including details of your current occupational health commitments. This will not be included in the total word count.
You must include the following declaration in your portfolio:
I declare that this dissertation consisting of ..... words and ..... pages (insert the appropriate numbers in figures) is all my own work. Where I have relied on the work of other people, I have acknowledged this according to the normal academic conventions. I understand that my dissertation may be subject to electronic scrutiny. I consent to the publication of an abstract or abstracts on the Faculty's website
Name in print:
Your portfolio should be formatted as follows:
Marks are awarded for presentation so you are strongly advised to review and proof read your work prior to submission.
You must respect the normal rules of citation practice. A random selection of portfolios will be tested for plagiarism.
You are required to submit an electronic copy of your portfolio during the online application process for this exam.
The electronic copy should be in Word document or PDF file format without password protection. Each case/project must be uploaded as an individual document. Your name should not be included in the document. The file name should be in the format "RCPI ID - Case x"; this text should also be included as a header in the document. Applications will not be accepted until files in this format have been submitted.
You must also submit two printed copies by the application closing date. Each case/project should be separately stapled and prepared for anonymous review in the same format as the electronic copy. Only one copy of the declaration and table of contents is required. Your portfolio should be printed on good quality A4 paper. Hard copies should be sent to Examinations Dept, RCPI, Frederick House, 19 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2.
There is an online application process for this exam. When you apply you will need to upload
Your medical degree can be attested by:
Official translations will only be accepted if they have been prepared and/or authenticated by:
The fee to apply to this exam is €260. The method of payment is credit or debit card, taken at the end of the online application process.
Don't forget, if you're in Ireland you can claim a refund under the HSE Clinical Course and Examination Refund Scheme
We recommend completing one of the following courses before you attempt this exam:
MFOM Portfolios are accepted once a year. For 2020, the submission deadline is 8 January 2020.
Please note the revised Regulations and submission instructions above.
Candidates who have not previously completed the LFOM are required to also apply for the LFOM Portfolio.
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