CPD at U of T offers learners a number of choices. Programs are available online or in person and include webinars, workshops, seminars, simulation activities and traditional conferences.
CPD programs are fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows us to assign credits for educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The CPD office is mandated to accredit programs and ensure participants follow the necessary procedures to obtain continuing medical education credits. All programs accredited by U of T clearly state the type of credit as well as the number of hours that can be claimed.
Types of Credits
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Section 1
Specialists can obtain Royal College sections 1 for attending traditional lectures and seminars for instance, which are are awarded Section 1 hours, with 1.0 credit awarded for each 1 hour of attendance. Participants are reminded to visit MAINPORT ePortfolio to record their learning and outcomes.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Section 3
Section 3 can be claimed for attending programs clearly identified and labelled as “Section 3”. These usually include simulation and skills based workshops and online programs, as well as events that allow participants to receive an assessment of their knowledge gain. 3.0 credits are awarded automatically for every 1 hour of attendance. Participants are reminded to visit MAINPORT ePortfolio to record their learning and outcomes.
Specialist physicians may also benefit from attending courses that are unaccredited for Royal College Section 1 and/or Section 3 by reporting and claiming these activities as Royal College Section 2 credits. These activities must not have been planned and developed by commercial entities.
For further details on CPD activities you can record with the Royal College:http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/cpd/moc-program/cpd-activities-can-record-e
College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro+® (Maintenance of Proficiency)
Canadian university CPD offices have the authority to assign Mainpro+ credits to activities and programs into which they or their faculty have had substantial input regarding planning, organization, development, and implementation.
University CPD offices may confer certification for the following CPD programs:
- Live one-credit-per-hour programs (provided they meet all relevant established Mainpro+ criteria, including one active CFPC member on the program planning committee)
- National online self-study one-credit-per-hour programs (provided they meet all relevant established Mainpro+ criteria, including a minimum of three  active CFPC members on the program planning committee)
- Canadian University CPD offices may approve certified credits in the Group Learning, Self-Learning, and Assessment activity categories.
For further details, please visit:http://www.cfpc.ca/CPD/
Reciprocal Accreditation Agreements
American Medical Association (AMA)
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) has established an agreement with the American Medical Association (AMA), where selected activities approved for Royal College MOC Credits are eligible for conversion to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This enables US based physicians who participate in only those activities approved by a Royal College accredited CPD provider to convert Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Section 1 – Accredited Group Learning credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Read more on the Royal College agreement with the American Medical Association.
European Union of Medical Specialists (EUMS)/EACCME
An international accreditation agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the European Union of Medical Specialists allows European Union (EU) physicians who participate in accredited live educational activities held in Canada to convert Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Section 1 – Accredited Group Learning credits to European Continuing Medical Education Credits (ECMECs), and Canadian physicians who participate in similar activities in the EU to convert ECMECs to MOC Section 1 – Accredited Group Learning credits.
Other Healthcare Professionals:
CPD accredited activities most often include other healthcare professionals in addition to physicians. Healthcare professionals usually do not have credits attributed to their CPD activities and instead maintain personal learning portfolios. Attending accredited CPD courses adds credibility to their professional learning results.