Dialogue

Vol. 15, No. 1 — January 2015
Welcome to Dialogue, your link to the Royal College

A SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE MOC PROGRAM


January 31 is fast approaching! Take time to document your learning activities and outcomes


Reminder: Recent simplifications and updates to MAINPORT ePortfolio and the MOC Program


Recording activities: How to document an outcome in MAINPORT ePortfolio


Where do your CPD activities fit?


Updating MAINPORT ePortfolio to better meet your needs


What’s the impact of Section 3 Assessment? Better performance, better patient care


Personal learning projects: A four-step guide


Dr Cochrane, bioethics and KeyLIME — several online learning activities


Earn MOC credits while learning about CBD and CanMEDS 2015


Answers to FAQs about your MOC Program participation


Get to know your CPD educator


Royal College Services Centre: Extended hours (Jan.26-31)



Fellows have a say in Royal College governance: Attend the 2015 AMM!

The next Annual Meeting of the Members (AMM) will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST, and will feature a full agenda — including Council elections.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend (via webinar or in-person) »

 

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January 31 is fast approaching! Take time to document your learning activities and outcomes

January 31 is fast approaching! Take time to document your learning activities and outcomes

The deadline for submitting your 2014 continuing professional development (CPD) activities for the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program is January 31, 2015.

Reporting your CPD activities can be done directly in your MAINPORT ePortfolio. Here are three great reasons why recording your 2014 activities is to your advantage:

  1. Receive answers to your questions: You’ll find it much easier to receive timely support — and we can spend more time with you — if you call us before the last minute rush. The friendly staff at the Royal College Services Centre (RCSC) can be contacted at 1-800-461-9598, 613-730-6243 or via email at cpd@royalcollege.ca.

    Don’t forget — the RCSC has extended hours this month!

  2. Get personalized support from your CPD educator: Fellows and MOC Program participants are able to contact their region’s CPD educator for advice and assistance. Because CPD educators are Fellows themselves, who are participating in the MOC Program, they are uniquely positioned to answer your questions about how to use the program and the MAINPORT ePortfolio web application.

  3. Avoid the need for credit validation: Credit validation — the requirement to submit documentation for activities submitted after the deadline — will not be needed if you have a regular five-year cycle and enter your 2014 CPD activities before the January 31, 2015, deadline.

REMINDER: In 2013, the Royal College announced two very important policy changes to the MOC Program. Click here to learn more about how these changes will affect you.

 

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Reminder: Recent simplifications and updates to MAINPORT ePortfolio and the MOC Program


Reminder: Recent simplifications and updates to MAINPORT ePortfolio and the MOC Program

Responding to your feedback, we are working to make the MOC Program and MAINPORT, your ePortfolio, easier to use and understand.

  1. As one of the first steps in this iterative and continuous process, we’ve updated the functionality for recording journal reading in Section 2: Self-Learning. If you have received a transcript of the articles you’ve read from a third party, you now can enter the total hours of journal reading – rather than having to record each article one at a time. Please note that you will be required to attach the transcript. Click here to learn more about this new opportunity»

  2. Fellows and MOC Program participants with new MOC cycles will be required to complete a minimum of 25 credits in each section per cycle*. This new policy only applies to new MOC cycles that started on or after January 1, 2014. If you are currently completing your MOC cycle, the minimum credit requirements will not apply until your next cycle begins. Click here to learn more about how this change will affect you »

  3. *Note: This is a cycle requirement and not an annual requirement and applies to Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the MOC Program. Section 3 activities receive three credits per hour; this means that to achieve 25 credits in Section 3, you need to do just over eight hours of assessment in your five-year cycle.


All other credit minimums and maximums still apply

The annual minimum of 40 credits and an overall minimum of 400 credits for each five-year cycle are still applicable, as is the maximum of 50 credits per cycle for Section 1: unaccredited activities.

How can you learn more?

Please visit our website, contact your CPD educator or the Royal College Services Centre for answers to questions about these changes or concerns related to any aspect of the MOC Program.

 

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Recording activities: How to document an outcome in MAINPORT ePortfolio

While entering activities in MAINPORT ePortfolio, you will be prompted to describe the outcome or impact of your learning on your professional practice. Many Fellows have requested clarification about what the Royal College means by an “outcome.”


Recording activities: How to document an outcome in MAINPORT ePortfolio

Defining an outcome

An outcome is simply a description of the conclusion(s) you have reached after reflecting on a learning activity you attended or completed.

Here are some examples:

 

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Where do your CPD activities fit?


Where do your CPD activities fit?

The Royal College’s Framework of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities comprises three sections: group learning, self-learning and assessment.

Below is a summary of where some of the most common activities fit. Activities submitted via MAINPORT ePortfolio are converted automatically into credits.

If you are unsure if your activity qualifies for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits, check out our list of frequently asked questions or contact your CPD educator or the Royal College Services Centre for personalized support.


Section 1: Group Learning


Accredited activities Accredited rounds, journal clubs, small groups; accredited conferences 1 credit per hour
Unaccredited activities Unaccredited rounds, journal clubs, small groups; unaccredited conferences without industry support 0.5 credits per hour (max. of 50 credits per cycle)

Section 2: Self-learning


Planned learning Fellowships
Formal courses
Personal learning projects
Traineeships
100 credits per year
25 credits per course
2 credits per hour
2 credits per hour
Scanning Journal reading
Podcasts, audio or videotapes
Internet searching (ex. Medscape)
InfoPOEMS
1 credit per article
0.5 credits per activity
0.5 credits per activity
0.25 credits per activity
Systems learning Practice guideline development
Quality care/patient safety committee; curriculum development; examination development; peer assessment
20 credits per year
15 credits per year

Section 3: Assessment


Knowledge assessment Accredited self-assessment programs 3 credits per hour
Performance assessment Simulation; chart audit and feedback; multi-source feedback; educational/ administrative assessments 3 credits per hour

 

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Updating MAINPORT ePortfolio to better meet your needs

Responding to your feedback, we are working to make MAINPORT, your ePortfolio, easier to use and understand.

As a first step in this process, we have refined some language within the system and enhanced the functionality for recording scanning activities within Section 2: Self-Learning.


Updating MAINPORT ePortfolio to better meet your needs

Bulk-upload Section 2 scanning activities

If you have received a transcript from a third party organization regarding the

…you can now enter the total hours of your participation in these activities, without the need to record these activities one at a time in MAINPORT ePortfolio.

Please note that the opportunity to enter the total number of hours for the above activities in Section 2 will require you to attach the transcript when submitting information to MAINPORT ePortfolio.

Our promise to you, as we enhance MAINPORT ePortfolio

As we move towards a competency-based approach to medical education over the next few years, we will continue to upgrade and enhance the functionality of MAINPORT ePortfolio to foster a system that better supports and encourages continuous learning, and reflective practice throughout your career.

All enhancements will be made seamlessly, and we are committed to providing you with support and information throughout this change process.

If you have any questions, please contact cpd@royalcollege.ca.

 

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What’s the impact of Section 3 Assessment? Better performance, better patient care

What’s the impact of Section 3 Assessment? Better performance, better patient care

Assessment is an important component to the development of a lifelong learning strategy as it provides the opportunity to assess and develop a plan to enhance or improve your professional knowledge, competence and performance. The Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program has embraced a range of assessment approaches that can be tailored to your practice context.

Did you know?

To achieve 25 credits in Section 3, you need to do just over eight hours of assessment during your five-year cycle.

Assessment is a learning strategy because it

Assessment is an expectation of a self-regulating profession

Medical regulatory bodies are increasingly requiring assessment as part of our collective commitment to engage in effective continuing professional development. In response, the Royal College is working with many organizations to facilitate engagement of physicians in assessment and expanding options for assessment across all specialties.

There are multiple options for you to participate in assessment activities

Here are some examples of assessment activities that are relevant to Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program:

If you teach, you can review and reflect on feedback of your teaching (e.g. annual teaching evaluations).

If you live in Alberta, Manitoba or Nova Scotia, your participation in your province’s Physician Achievement Review program is an approved multi-source feedback program.

If you conduct a chart audit that includes at least 10 patients or cases and three measures of competence or performance, this is an acceptable strategy for performance-based assessment.

If you participate in an accredited simulation activity that assesses how you perform a new procedure or manage a critical event or clinical situation, this is an assessment of your competence.

If you complete an accredited self-assessment program applicable to your practice, this is an assessment of your knowledge base. Some examples include

If you are selected to complete a peer review of your practice, such as one conducted by a provincial medical regulatory authority, this is an assessment of your performance in practice.

If you receive an annual performance review with feedback from, for example, your department chair, dean, or chief of staff of your practice, this is an assessment of your performance.

Unsure of where your credits fit? Review the Royal College Framework of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities or contact your CPD educator for personalized support.

 

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Personal learning projects: A four-step guide

Personal learning projects: A four-step guide

Personal learning projects (PLP) are a powerful tool in your professional development, yet many Fellows are unfamiliar with how to develop and document these projects, or don’t recognize that they are already engaged in activities that could be recorded as a PLP and earn them credits under Section 2 of the framework.

To view the MOC Program framework of CPD activities, click here.

What is a PLP and how can I incorporate this into my learning plan?

A personal learning project is a self-initiated learning activity that is stimulated by a question, issue or dilemma in your professional practice. As examples, PLPs can be created based on updating your knowledge to prepare a presentation, further research after reading a journal article or after participating in a point-of-care activity. They can be inspired by any aspect of your professional practice (CanMEDS Roles) and are flexible and adaptable within any learning context.

How do I develop and document a PLP?

Personal learning projects only take a few minutes to document in MAINPORT ePortfolio and can be recorded all at once or in stages by saving incomplete work in your holding area to finish later:


How do I develop and document a PLP?

 

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Dr Cochrane, bioethics and KeyLIME — several online learning activities

The deadline to document your 2014 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program activities is coming up on January 31, 2015.

Are you looking for more eligible activities?

Check out the Royal College’s Dr Cochrane learning activities, bioethics curriculum and KeyLIME podcasts.


Dr Cochrane Learning activities (60 accredited cases)


Dr Cochrane Learning activities

Choose from 60 accredited Dr Cochrane learning activities and earn Section 3 MOC credits.

Simply log into MAINPORT, the Royal College’s ePortfolio, click on the eLearning tab and access one of the activities focusing on: Gastroenterology, Orthopedics and Trauma, and Rheumatology.

Once you complete an activity, apply it to your MOC cycle by entering and submitting your learning outcome in MAINPORT ePortfolio.

Four Dr Cochrane activities are available free of charge — that’s up to 12 MOC credits you can earn, at your own pace, without spending a cent.

All remaining activities are available at a cost of $25 US per activity (fee charged by the Cochrane Collaboration), providing you with low cost access to quality education.

For more information about the Dr Cochrane activities, visit http://www.cochranelibrary.com/more-resources/cochrane-learning.html.


Bioethics curriculum (47 cases, five primers, 10 interactive modules)


Bioethics curriculum

Enhance the breadth of your bioethics knowledge and earn MOC credits by consulting the Royal College’s online bioethics curriculum:

The text-based cases and primers are available at no cost at www.royalcollege.ca/bioethics. Reading and reflecting on each case or primer can earn Fellows credits under Section 2 of the MOC Program credit framework.

The interactive modules can also be accessed online by creating a free account. Completion of an interactive module will earn participants credits under Section 3 of the MOC credit framework.

Stay tuned for new cases — coming in 2015!



KeyLIME podcasts

KeyLIME podcasts (75+ podcasts)

Check out our Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) podcasts that cover the main points of top medical education articles. Not limited by specialty, you’ll learn about innovative new ideas that will impact your practice. Plus, you can earn MOC credits under Section 2 for each podcast!

Dozens of episodes are available online, each accompanied by a detailed abstract for quick and easy reference.

Visit www.royalcollege.ca/keylime/podcasts or the KeyLIME Blog to get started.


Earn MOC credits while learning about CBD and CanMEDS 2015

Watch a webinar, earn MOC credits? Find out how you can learn more about the Royal College’s Competence by Design initiative and CanMEDS 2015 project, while also earning credits under Section 2 of the credit framework.


 

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Earn MOC credits while learning about CBD and CanMEDS 2015


Earn MOC credits while learning about CBD and CanMEDS 2015

Do you want to enhance your knowledge about the Royal College’s Competence by Design (CBD) initiative, including the foundational CanMEDS 2015 project, while earning MOC credits? All you have to do is participate in our special CBD webinar series. It is designed to not only share information, but also to collect your valuable feedback.

Topics range from general overviews on CBD and CanMEDS 2015, to webinars dedicated to answering questions about implementation and changes to specific CanMEDS Roles.


Earn credits in two ways:

  1. Earn Section 2 MOC credits by viewing/listening to one of our recorded webinars. Please visit our website for a complete list of recorded webinars.
  2. Earn Section 1 MOC credits by attending one of our scheduled webinars. Please visit our website for a complete list of upcoming topics.

Have a question? Contact us at cpd@royalcollege.ca.

 

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Answers to FAQs about your MOC Program participation

Answers to FAQs about your MOC Program participation

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) on topics ranging from documentation of activities, general program questions and questions on the recent changes to the Maintenance of Certification Program.

Before you contact a Royal College Services Centre agent, consider checking if your answer is just a click away!

Access the full FAQ »

 

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Get to know your CPD educator

Fellows, did you know that you can contact your region’s CPD educator for assistance?

Fourteen continuing professional development (CPD) educators from across Canada are available to support you with the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program and MAINPORT ePortfolio.

CPD educators, as Fellows themselves, are uniquely positioned to answer your questions. They can help you understand the philosophy, framework and requirements of the MOC Program, and share practical advice on how to use MAINPORT ePortfolio to plan, document and manage your activities.

Your questions answered

CPD educators will be happy to help you with all your MOC or MAINPORT ePortfolio-related questions including if

Find contact details for a CPD educator in your region »
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Extended hours of operation in January

The RCSC will extend its service hours during the last week of January 2015, leading up to the January 31 deadline. Please note the times below:

Royal College Services Centre: Extended hours (Jan.26-31)

With questions, or for help documenting your 2014 continuing professional development activities, please contact the Royal College Services Centre (RCSC):

The RCSC is staffed Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Other resources

 

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