June 2021: Virtual sponsorship
Virtual Sponsorship - notes from meeting with Royal College and CFPC.
March 2021: Mainpro+ assessment credits
Mainpro+ Assessment credits are for activities that require the learner to review of and reflect on practice data relative to previously established standards, protocols, or norms (e.g., reviewing the treatment and management of patients with diabetes against the latest Diabetes Canada guidelines).
Note this is different from Royal College MOC Section 3 Assessment credits which require an objective assessment of the learner's knowledge or performance.
Sept 2020: Revised Ethical Support Guidelines
The revised UBC CPD Guidelines for Support are based on the National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities released jointly by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in January 2018.
Note that these are also the ethical standards for ALL programs, as the first three elements apply regardless of whether or not a program has commercial sponsorship. The requirements for physician organization, scientific planning committee (SPC), control of content, financial accountability, and COI disclosures are covered in:
Element 1: Independence (from undue influences)
Element 2: Content Development
Element 3: Conflict of Interest
April 2020: Migrate from F2F programs to online
If you already have group learning credits for your program, you have a few options for moving to virtual:
1. Group Learning (synchronous) credits. Same interactivity as live events, whereby participants can interact in real time as if they were in the room (asking questions, hearing responses and other’s questions, etc.) eg. webinar. No change to existing group learning credits, except possible decrease in amount of credit time.
2. Group Learning (asynchronous) credits. Participants need opportunity to interact with instructors, each other, and materials, but not necessarily in real time. Program would need to have some interactive opportunity for learners eg. monitored discussion board that closes after limited time. (Note: for Mainpro+ credits the discussion board needs to be summarized at the end).
3. Assessment credits (eg. online modules). Participants need to be able to interact with the material and instructor and course needs to assess learner’s knowledge, via post test or quizzes. (No group interactivity required.) Program would need to meet the additional criteria of having a knowledge test for the users that includes:
• Correct and incorrect answers, plus explanations of why they are correct/incorrect
• A scored assessment
• Suggested further resources for more information
Requires an MOC Section 3 Assessment and/or Mainpro+ Assessment application.
4. Self-learning credits (informal learning). This is when the material stays online without assessment or group learning. This is called “archived material” and cannot be formally accredited. Users can claim self-learning anytime but no certificate is issued. They login to their College’s learning management system and follow the instructions in the learning portal there. See self-learning credits available for specialists and family physicians: ubccpd.ca/accreditation/self-learning
March 2020: Accreditation during COVID-19
The UBC CPD Accreditation Office is open and operational! Working remotely, our team continues to offer full accreditation services, helping to postpone or transfer CPD credits from live to online, and extending accreditation periods through the Colleges so that credits are not lost before they can be used.
We are available to answer your questions by email and meet with you virtually via Zoom and other communication tools.