CPD activities you can record
Want to know what types of activities are eligible for each section? Review these examples to find out!
Have you met your section minimums?
You must now document at least 25 credits in each section — 1, 2 and 3 — of the Maintenance of Certification Program before your five-year cycle ends. (This is a cycle requirement, not an annual one, so you have five years to achieve these credit minimums.)
Verify your credits
Simply log in to your MAINPORT ePortfolio to check how many credits you still need to achieve your 25-credit section minimums. Your MAINPORT dashboard shows a handy visual summary of this information. Log in regularly to verify your situation!
Sample dashboard credit counter
MOC Section Requirements
Total credits applied toward 25 credit/section/cycle requirement
The requirement to obtain at least 40 credits per year and at least 400 credits in total per cycle still applies.
Here are some examples of CPD activities you may already participate in which are included in the MOC Program:
What types of activities can I report in Section 1?
Participation in Section 1 accredited group learning activities = one (1) credit per hour of participation (no maximum).
In Canada, participation as an attendee/learner in:
- Accredited conferences, courses, seminars, workshops, approved by a Royal College accredited CPD provider. Some of these accredited group learning activities are listed on the Royal College website. Note that this is not an inclusive list therefore Section 1 accreditation is recognized when the following statement is on the program materials: “This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by (accredited provider’s name).”
- Other accredited conferences, short duration courses, seminars, workshops, held in Canada, but developed by an Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) - accredited physician organization (such as a university, academy, specialty society, hospital department);
- Accredited web-based group learning activities approved by a Royal College accredited CPD provider. Section 1 accreditation is recognized when the following statement is on the program materials: “This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by (accredited provider’s name).”
- Accredited hospital rounds, tumor boards, M&M rounds, journal clubs, and small group learning activities that meet the accreditation standards as defined by the Royal College, and have been registered at the Royal College (look for the accreditation statement which confirms MOC section 1 approval). For more information regarding how you can get your various rounds, journal clubs and small group learning activities accredited, please visit the Royal College website.
- Live conferences, short duration courses, seminars, workshops that have been developed by a university, academy, college, academic institution or physician organization.
Participation in Section 1 unaccredited group learning activities = 0.5 credit per hour of participation (50 credits maximum per cycle).
- Participation as a learner/attendee in unaccredited rounds, journal clubs or small-group activities which are in the process of meeting the educational and ethical standards, and/or rural or local conferences that have no industry sponsorship.
What types of activities can I report in Section 2?
Examples of Section 2 activities include participation in:
- Post-grad Fellowship program: a one-year Fellowship program is deemed equivalent to 100 credits per year – recorded in your MAINPORT ePortfolio as four (4) entries of 25 credits each.
- PhD or Master’s Program: can be submitted at 25 credits per course under Formal Course.
- Other types of Formal Courses: participation as a learner in other types of formal courses is eligible for 25 credits per course (These are usually developed in collaboration with a university, community college, specialty (e.g. diploma program) or other educational organizations. These require a formal registration process and provide a transcript or certificate of completion. This type of course can lead to the achievement of a formal designation or certificate and usually occur over a period of time usually equivalent to one term at a university but not less than 6 weeks. Note that other courses that are shorter in duration are more typical of a Section 1 accredited group learning activity (provided it meets the section criteria) and would be submitted at one (1) credit per hour.
- Participation as a learner in activities such as: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and Basic Life Support (BLS) are eligible for two (2) credits per hour under Traineeship.
- Activities such as doing additional research and acquiring new learning/knowledge while:
- Addressing clinical or academic questions;
- Doing research and preparation for formal teaching activities or presentations;
- Doing research for the development and submission of a clinical scenario for inclusion in an oral examination or an MCQ or SAQ for a written examination;
- Doing research for grant applications, writing a publication or article;
- Addressing medical-professional administrative or systems-related questions;
- Addressing other CanMEDS roles.
The learning acquired during the research and preparation for these can be submitted as Personal Learning Projects (PLPs) where you will earn two (2) credits per hour.
- Reading Journal Articles: For each journal article that you read and have deemed has had a significant impact on your learning or practice can be recorded individually and receive one (1) credit per article.
- Listening/viewing podcasts, audiotapes, videotapes, and reviewing enduring materials or scanning the internet (such as Medscape, UpToDate, etc.) = 0.5 credit per topic searched.
- InfoPoems = 0.25 per activity.
- Certain committees are eligible for 15 credits per year/per committee. This can be submitted as a Quality Care/Patient Safety Committee activity. (Note that the purpose or activity of the committee - working group, task force or similar title - must be to improve or enhance the quality, safety, or effectiveness of the health care system. They must have a formal structure with an appointment process and defined terms of reference and must also meet on a regular schedule.)
- Developing clinical practice guidelines with your colleagues or participating in activities or groups that set clinical care standards for your hospital can earn you 20 credits per year
- Developing Curriculum - at the undergraduate, postgraduate or professional practice level – can earn you 15 credits per year.
- Examination process - for provincial or national certification processes or systems (such as setting the exam standards, being an examiner) can earn you 15 credits per year as an Examination Development activity.
- Peer reviewing journal articles, reviewing research grant applications can earn you 15 credits per year as a Peer Assessment activity. The 15 credits are eligible for your yearly contributions.
- Creating assessment strategies or reviewing your peers or colleagues can earn you 15 credits per year as a Peer Assessment activity. The 15 credits are eligible for your yearly contributions.
- Other Systems Learning Activities such as Patient Safety Initiatives, Quality of Care initiatives, Clinical Performance Standard Setting Activities, Assessments strategies for learners or education programs, can earn you 15 credits for the year.
What types of activities can I report in Section 3?
Remember, this is a cycle requirement and not an annual requirement. Section 3 is three credits per hour so this means that to achieve 25 credits in Section 3 you need to do just over 8 hours of assessment during your five-year cycle.
Here are some examples of Section 3 activities you may already be completing:
- Have you completed MCC 360, the national multi-source feedback process to obtain insights into your performance as a communicator, collaborator and professional? Completing the MCC 360 program counts for 3 credits per hour in Section 3 for the time you spend reviewing and reflecting on your data.
- Do you teach? Reviewing your annual teaching evaluations counts for the time you spend reviewing and reflecting on your data and getting peer feedback (this includes assessments you receive over the year for teaching medical students, residents or practicing physicians in formal CME settings).
- Do you participate in a performance appraisal, 360° assessment or any other type of workplace assessment related to practice domains including communication, leadership or managerial ability? The time you spend reviewing and reflecting on your data counts for Section 3.
- Do you write peer reviewed journal articles? The time spent reviewing the feedback you receive from your peers counts in Section 3 for 3 credits per hour.
- Do you conduct chart audits or other practice performance based assessments? That can also be claimed for Section 3.
- The CMPA also has accredited medico-legal self-assessment programs available on their website.
- A list of all accredited self-assessment programs is available on the Royal College website.
For more information about recent changes to the MOC Program, please view the MOC Frequently Asked Questions on the Royal College website.