Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Online course: Professionalism in 21st Century Medical Practice

The Professionalism in 21st Century Medical Practice online course is aimed at all registered medical doctors in all specialties and is based on the Medical Council’s Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners.

There are 12 online modules in total covering different aspects of medical professionalism, with each module worth 5 CPD credits.

Each online module includes:

  • A short introductory video (5-7 minutes per module)
  • Selected articles of literature
  • Selected audiovisual materials
  • A multiple choice question quiz, after which you print your own certificate

The course is designed to be accessed on any mobile device, which means you can access any time and any where. You can also study the modules in any order and at your own pace.

If you wish to access this course please contact cpdss@rcsi.ie.

Modules

  • Module 1 – Relationship with Patients: Care: Explores the complexities of the doctor-patient relationship, including empathy and compassion, power differentials, respect, trust and advocacy.
  • Module 2 – Relationship with Patients: Communication: Covers important aspects of communication with patients including use of language, jargon and elements of cultural awareness. It also covers informed consent and the importance of patients becoming 'partners' in their own healthcare.
  • Module 3 - Relationships with Colleagues: Deals with professional loyalty, collegiality and the important area of interprofessional teamworking. It also deals with raising concerns/whistleblowing and the causes and effects of disruptive behaviour.
  • Module 4 – Relationships with Society: The fundamental basis of a profession is our implicit contract with society to uphold basic standards of behaviour and professional performance including service to society, altruism and self-regulation.
  • Module 5 – Professional Performance: Deals with issues concerning the scope of professional practice, continuous professional development, self-reflection and audit and safe introduction of new technology/new procedures into clinical practice.
  • Module 6 – Honesty & Integrity: Covers advertising and portrayal of services, conflicts of interest, duty of candour and the obligation to maintain adequate professional indemnity.
  • Module 7 – Confidentiality: The duty to maintain patient confidentiality is a core responsibility of all doctors. This module explores this responsibility including elements of data protection, conversations with relatives, electronic patient records and the use of social media.
  • Module 8 – Maintaining Health & Fitness to Practice: Discusses important issues around physician health, burnout, substance abuse and sources of help/support for doctors with health issues.
  • Module 9 – Patient Safety: Highlights adverse events in healthcare, risk management and safety checklists, infection control and medication safety.
  • Module 10 – Continuity of Care: Deals with documentation of patient care, delegation and transfer of care and clinical handover including handover tools.
  • Module 11 – Ethical Practice: Describes ethical principles in modern healthcare with a particular focus on dealing with vulnerable patients, research ethics and clinical trials.
  • Module 12 – Teaching & Mentoring: Deals with the time-honoured tradition of teaching and mentoring the next generation of doctors with an emphasis on the importance of role models and the responsibilities of adequately supervising trainee doctors.