Leading and Influencing Change in CPD


Advanced CPD Leadership Development is a certificate program designed to meet the needs of individuals who are interested in promoting excellence, innovation, and change in continuing education initiatives for health professionals.

This program specifically aims to provide the participants with a broad range of valuable leadership skills and the tools necessary to lead continuing education initiatives for health professionals in today’s complex health care environment.


The program will kick off with two back-to-back bootcamps session followed by 11 3-hour modules from October 2024 to June 2025 and offer plenty of opportunity for interaction and feedback. Additional coaching Q&A and discussion sessions will be scheduled to provide for networking and interaction. The program is divided into 4 units with each unit addressing the competencies in the CPD leadership framework

  1. Agent and Advocate for Change
  2. Evidence-Informed CPD
  3. Partnerships and Collaboration
  4. Integration with Systems

Module Details

  • Module 1a: Bootcamp

    The adventure begins. An important aspect of this program is the opportunity for this to be an evolving classroom that acknowledges the depth and wealth of information that is being by providers and participants alike. This module is designed to set the stage by providing introductions, clarifying expectations, determining what we believe makes leadership in CPD unique and determining the kind of virtual classroom that will be the most productive for participants and speakers alike. We will explore what is involved in articulating the value of CPD to stakeholders, components and importance of leadership in CPD, the impact of COVID and implications for future learning.

  • Module 1b: Bootcamp

    This module discusses the Future of Medical Education in Canada- CPD (FMEC-CPD) white paper and implications for future training and qualification of CPD providers. Time will be spent in reviewing and further developing knowledge of current CPD best practices including technology enhanced CPD. Digital CPD has gone from an option to a necessity and essential service in all CPD offices. Participants will gain an understanding of integrating essential technologies to build a culture of digital CPD driven by data and evolving systems that create data informed learning to promote practice change.

Unit 1
Agent and Advocate for Change

  • Module 2: Leadership in CPD

    This module takes a deeper look at leadership. Using a variety of instructional methods, well known speakers will provide an overview of principles of effective leadership, further exploration of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that makes CPD leadership unique. We will explore a conceptual framework for CPD leadership with competencies and capabilities to guide the transformation of CPD. Participants will have the opportunity to informally explore their current and anticipated career in CPD with a well-known and respected veteran in the field.

  • Module 3: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Indigeneity, Accessibility (EDIIA) and CPD

    This module discusses two frameworks intended to assist CPD leaders and educators embed equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) into the planning, development and delivery of education and training initiatives and integrate structural competencies into leadership curricula using transformative learning principles and a compassionate leadership approach. Participants will also have an opportunity learn about an innovative equity in health systems lab focused on bringing together a community of leaders and influencers who want to make a positive impact in the areas of anti-discrimination, social justice and the social determinants of health.

  • Module 4: Coaching

    Significant research now exists supporting the importance of coaching and mentoring in increasing job satisfaction, enthusiasm for continued learning and increasing practice change. How do we shift from a culture of “telling” to one of supporting intrinsic motivation and wisdom of the individual? Basic principles of coaching and mentoring and examples of training will be examined. An exciting addition is the role narrative or storytelling can play in impacting change.

Unit 2
Evidence-informed CPD

  • Module 5: Individual CPD

    Ultimately the success of CPD returns to the individual learner. Traditionally CPD has been something of a random affair determined by individuals’ interests and perceived learning needs. This module examines what is needed to assist professionals in creating a meaningful pathway of lifelong learning. We will discuss current research on developing efficacy in self-assessment and the impact of competency-based learning on the field.

  • Module 6: Health Outcomes

    Building a culture of robust evaluation and assessment is a cornerstone of understanding and communicating the value of CPD. Moving beyond the evaluation of participant satisfaction to evaluating the changes in knowledge, skills, and behaviour and measuring the impact of these changes on outcomes for the patients, community and the broader health system is essential. This module will explores theories of change, evaluation approaches and tools that will ensure that you can lead CPD with the best data, evidence and knowledge at your fingertips.

  • Module 7: Scholarship and CPD

    Creating a culture of learning and discovery in the content of CPD starts and ends with curiosity. This module will provide different perspectives on how to foster the culture of curiosity in your office and lead from a position of evidence-informed and evidence-driven practice. We will examine the building blocks of scholarly approaches to CPD, from the conceptual to the practical and reflect on how to ask the right questions every step of the way that will lead to better practices and better outcomes.

Unit 3
Partnerships and Collaboration – Modules 8-9

  • Module 8: Patient Engagement + Interprofessional CPD

    CPD is a team activity and ensuring that we have the right team members and fostering a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion is essential for influencing change in practice. This module will identify interprofessional competencies and explore impactful approaches to inform CPD initiatives. Notions of involvement and engagement are rapidly evolving and we will look at how to strengthen the impact of CPD by expanding who is at the table including people with lived experience and how to build outstanding programs based on diverse and expansive perspectives.

  • Module 9: Social and Workplace Learning

    Lifelong learning is a key element of CPD and can be enriched through communities of practice networking and technology enabled collaborative learning. This module will explore how social learning principles in the workplace can be used to improve learning and patient care. We will also discuss several aspects of current CPD for teams including patient safety, incorporation of work base learning methods, and delves into the components of what is needed to develop adaptive expertise in practice.

Unit 4
Integration With Systems – Modules 10-12

  • Module 10: QI and Systems based CPD

    This module will take a broader view of CPD and explore a health systems approach to CPD. With our complex health system, we will examine the intersection of domains of quality improvement, patient safety and knowledge translation with CPD. Quality improvement principles and concepts with practical applications to integrate with CPD will be discussed. The module will also examine how data analytics and systems data can be used to drive change in CPD.

  • Module 11: Simulation and CPD

    Simulation-based medical education is increasingly being utilized in CPD to facilitate performance improvement. Technology has advanced such that the tools available for simulation range from simple task trainers to use of high-fidelity and virtual reality simulators. Though case studies, we will explore the range of technology-enhanced simulation and discuss how these tools can be used to address a variety of competencies for the individual (e.g. procedural skills, decision analysis) and collective competencies for the healthcare team to achieve higher learning outcomes.

  • Module 12: Future of CPD

    CPD is a growing and evolving field. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought CPD to a pivotal point with an opportunity to transform and implement changes that we know will enable CPD to be more effective and value-add to our stakeholders. In this module you will have the opportunity to hear perspectives and reflections from international leaders and explore what the future holds for CPD.