Online Community of Interest (COI) for Physician Learning and Practice Improvement

This is an online community for CPD providers, leaders, administrators, accreditors and patient partners. It is a place where the Canadian CPD community can connect with each other in a new way and advance the quality and impact of CPD across the country. The goal is to create the conversations and support the initiatives that help build a CPD system in Canada that supporting physician learning and practice improvement. Launched in October 2019 there are over 100 members and we are now offering webinars in the site on timely topics to engage the members. A Working Group of COI Champions has also been engaged to advise on the evolution of the community and to drive engagement.

AFMC/Coalition Survey for CPD providers 

There will be a ‘Canadian University CPD provider Survey’ developed by the AFMC and will be distributed to all university CPD units later in 2020. The second phase of this project will be a subsequent survey of a wider group of Canadian CPD providers, including national specialist societies, CFPC chapters, and other large CPD providers. This survey will be a Canadianized and bilingual version of the Harrison survey from the Society for Academic CME (SACME).

CPD Certified Professional CPC(HC) Credential

The goal of the Certified Professional in CPD CPC(HC) credential is to enhance the quality and impact of CPD activities and strengthen the discipline of CPD. It accomplishes this by recognizing the professional development and achievement of those engaged in CPD as leaders, program developers, researchers and administrators, whether physicians or non-physicians.

This credential is available through a Certificate Route or by a Leadership Route, which is the focus of this application.

The CPC(HC) credential is awarded through the Leadership Route to applicants who can meet the following requirements:

  1. They are senior CPD professionals in Canada with significant experience and a demonstrated track record of achievement in CPD as a leader in CPD, including its development, delivery or scholarship; and
  2. Evidence of the impact of their achievements in CPD leadership provided in their own declaration and in the assessment of peer referees.

The application will address CPD leadership achievements that have been impactful in any or all of the following areas:

Certificate Route

This route is available to eligible individuals who successfully complete both the CPD Foundations and the Leading and Influencing Change in CPD Programs offered by the CPD Department of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto OR other certificate programs judged to be equivalent.

The Certificate Route to the CPC(HC) credential is based on a candidate successfully completing both of these programs. It is expected that this route will be defined more broadly as the credential matures, to recognize international and Canadian programs as they become available.

Educator and Learner Videos as CPD Moves Online

The current pandemic has caused a rapid shift from online learning technology being “nice to have” to becoming a necessity to maintain physical distancing. This has required urgent innovation, with little preparation of teachers and learners on best practices for learning in these new environments. This has posed a challenge, particularly for synchronous (webinar like) type environments.

In order to assist both CPD teachers and learners in this transition to synchronous online learning environments, the Coalition is providing funding to support the creation of two videos series (one for educators and one for learners) created by the University of Toronto.  The purpose of these short, bite-sized videos is two-fold: to increase the comfort level in using synchronous online environments and to raise awareness of the educational principles underpinning synchronous, online learning.  The video series will be made available and is available on YouTube, with Coalition and University of Toronto branding. We hope the videos will support high quality CPD teaching and learning experiences during the pandemic, and share the tips and tricks that will bring our teaching in this environment to a new level, during and beyond the pandemic.