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By Maria Teresa Ponce Silva

Canadian National CPD Accreditation Conference

The National CPD Accreditation Conference (NAC) is a live, in-person conference hosted jointly by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). The event is designed for both physicians and non-physicians responsible for developing, implementing, accrediting and evaluating CPD activities. NAC brings together continuing professional development (CPD) experts from university continuing medical education offices, CFPC’s chapter offices, national specialty societies, and simulation programs across Canada. Held over two days, the conference contributes to the continuous improvement of our national CPD system, improves learning and continuous practice improvement for physicians in Canada and assist participants to apply accreditation standards, policies and processes to their own CPD program.

12NAC was scheduled to take place in Toronto this October, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has been rescheduled for Fall 2021.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons CPD Accreditation Response to COVID-19

Accredited CPD providers (i.e. national specialty societies, university offices of CME and simulation programs) have had to be creative to quickly adapt and pivot from face-to-face activity formats to online virtual events. Dwindling resources and higher demand for activity accreditation have required additional ingenuity and nimbleness. To support our CPD providers, the Royal College CPD Accreditation Team has developed the following initiatives:

    • CPD Provider Rapid Response Team (RRT) – This stakeholder group acts as a “sounding board” for accreditation changes the Royal College CPD Accreditation team has been asked to implement due to Covid-19. Furthermore, the group fosters the exchange of best practices between non-physicians and physicians when it comes to virtual CPD activities.

      An expedite accreditation review process, as well as retroactive accreditation for educational activities impacted by the pandemic, are some of the changes brought forward by the RRT.

    • CPD: A New Virtual Reality – The RRT has developed a series of webinars to support CPD providers transitioning from face-to-face to online educational activities.

      Throughout the month of September 2020, national and international experts in CPD will host individual sessions on the following topics:
  1. How to respect Royal College CPD Accreditation standards while putting together a successful online event
  2. How to increase participants’ engagement for online activities
  3. Tips for group learning and assessment activities in virtual platforms
  4. How to engage with industry sponsors for online events (dos and don’ts according to the National Standard)

    For more information regarding CPD: A New Virtual Reality, please contact the Royal College CPD Accreditation team at cpd-accreditation@royalcollege.ca.

Maria Teresa Ponce Silva is the CPD Accreditation Program Coordinator at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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