Tools and resources for accredited CPD providers
This web page gathers together resources that may be useful to accredited continuing professional development (CPD) providers.
CPD Provider Tip of the Month
Written for CPD providers by CPD providers, the CPD Provider Tip of the Month will be featured in our Tools and Resources website.
August 2020 – Strategies for delivering simulation activities (scenario-based) on virtual platforms
Brought to you by McMaster University Centre for Simulation-Based Learning
Most simulation cases, whether they are manikin or standardized patient (SP)-based, can be delivered virtually but may require modifications.
- Keep your character demographics broad for easier SP recruitment when it comes to virtual simulation.
- Always conduct a dry run before delivering any simulation activity virtually. Dry run with your own team first to sort out all technical glitches and test out process. Then dry run with the instructor(s) to see if you need to adjust the scenario flow for the virtual platform.
- Have a designated host (Simulation Coordinator) managing your virtual session, so instructor, participants, sim technician, confederates and SP can focus on their tasks. Designate an alternative host should technical difficulties arise with the original host.
- Maintain a Safe Virtual Simulation Environment. The usual Learner Conduct Agreement (e.g. confidentiality etc.) in simulation environment still applies in a virtual setting. Modify your Learner Contract for virtual platforms and communicate to learners before they engage in a virtual simulation activity.
- We generally discourage recording of online virtual simulation sessions. But when recording is necessary for achieving the session’s learning objectives; have all participants (including SP and confederates) agree to a video recording consent form beforehand.
- Mitigate risks associated with online video conferencing platforms by implementing a registration process, enabling wait rooms and only allowing the host to share screens.
- It takes longer to conduct a simulation on a virtual platform. Only one person can talk at a time and actions happen in sequence not simultaneously as in-person simulation. Make sure you schedule appropriate length of time, so learners don’t feel rushed during a virtual simulation.
- Set aside some virtual orientation time before your simulation begins. Introduce the virtual environment to your learners. If SPs are involved, spend some time with them as well, going through the expectations and logistics.
- If you have several learners observing a simulation, ask them to turn their camera off during the simulation to keep the focus on the active participants.
- Debrief in a Breakout Room to avoid the distraction of setup and takedown in the sim setting. Encourage everyone to turn on their cameras to facilitate group discussion.
CPD activity toolkit
- Creating learning objectives
- Educational delivery methods
- Needs assessment
- Relationships with speakers and sponsors
- Sample Conflict of Interest Form
- Sample Certificate of Attendance
- Sample Certificate of Attendance (multiple accreditation statements)
- Sample Participant Transcript
- Web-based CPD events
Accreditation of CPD activities
- Section 1 group learning activities, conferences and workshops
- Section 3 self-assessment programs
- Section 3 simulation activities
Sample accreditation application forms
The forms below are samples only. Royal College-accredited CPD providers should have their own specific application forms.
- MOC Section 1 Group Learning Application Form (SAMPLE)
- MOC Section 3 Self-Assessment Application Form (SAMPLE)
- MOC Section 3 Simulation Activities Application Form (SAMPLE)
Accreditation Activity Standards
- MOC Section 1 Group Learning activity accreditation standards
- MOC Section 3 Self-Assessment program accreditation standards
- MOC Section 3 Simulation activity accreditation standards
International accreditation agreements
- American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits™
- Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Substantive Equivalency
- European Union of Medical Specialists ECMEC Credits
Mark your calendar
Royal College-Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Awards
Accrediting simulation programs
All providers of health care simulation programs in Canada are invited to apply to be recognized as a Royal College-accredited simulation program. Applicants must be not-for-profit organizations with a formal governance structure. They must also be accountable to and serve medical professionals through continuing professional development and research activities.
Definition of terms
|Term||Royal College definition|
|Co-development||The process by which two or more organizations, at least one of which must be a physician organization, prospectively collaborate to develop and implement an accredited educational activity, learning resource or tool.|
|Educational grant||The mechanism by which a sponsor provides support to a CPD organizer for a specific educational activity, learning resource or tool.|
|Physician organization||A physician organization is a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its specialist physician members.|
|Sponsor||A sponsor is an individual, group, corporation or organization who contributes funds, goods or services to support accredited educational activities, learning resources or tools.|
|Sponsorship||Sponsorship is the process by which individuals, groups, corporations or organizations provide support (financial or in-kind contributions) to a CPD organizer to support an accredited educational activity, learning resource or tool.|
|Tagging||The linking or alignment of a sponsor’s name to a specific educational session within an accredited group learning activity.|
|Transparency||To provide transparency means to clearly disclose, divulge or make known. (The opposite of transparency is ambiguity.)|
- Conferences and workshops
- Rounds, journal clubs and small groups
- Self-assessment programs
- Simulation activities
- List of accredited CPD activities
- CPD activity toolkit
- Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Awards
- National CPD Accreditation Conference
- Simulation Summit
CPD Accreditation Coordinator
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
774 Echo Drive
Ottawa ON K1S 5N8
Telephone: 613-730-2587; toll-free 1-800-668-3740, ext. 587