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Earn MOC Section 3 Credits with Prescribing Safely Canada – a new self-assessment online tool.

*The Prescribing Safely Canada pilot is now closed. Thank you for your participation and feedback.

Prescribing medication is complex.

The Royal College is piloting Prescribing Safely Canada to help Canadian physicians assess and enhance their prescribing skills.

For this pilot, only a few general areas of practice were selected. It is possible that a limited portion of the content might relate to other specialties, such as Psychiatry, however it is important to note that the majority of content is not likely relevant except to the general areas of practice identified for the pilot.

If you practice in another speciality and decide to participate, we are interested in your feedback about its applicability to your speciality, as well as the potential benefit of an assessment targeted to your area of practice. You can send further comments to After we evaluate the pilot, we may consider expanding the program

This event is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Royal College CPD Unit. You may claim a maximum of 2 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

This program was co-developed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the British Pharmacological Society and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance.

Upon successful completion of the online assessment, participants will have demonstrated how to:

  • Prescribe effectively and safely commonly encountered conditions;
  • Review a list of current prescribed medicines and make appropriate amendments;
  • Plan for the management of commonly encountered conditions;
  • Identify important information that should be communicated;
  • Make accurate calculations of doses;
  • Identify and manage adverse drug reactions;
  • Identify appropriate ways of monitoring commonly prescribed medicines; and
  • Make appropriate adjustments in prescribing in response to relevant data.

About the Prescribing Skills Assessment in Canada:

  • It consists of 30 case-based questions that focus on a full range of prescribing competencies.
  • It has been customized for Canadian physicians with specialties in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine/General Surgery.
  • Participants complete the online assessment at a time of their choosing
  • Participants receive automated individualized performance feedback.
  • The pilot is in English and available free of charge. Limited number of sign-ups available, please take advantage of the opportunity soon*
  • Participants receive a certificate of completion, and can claim 2 hours of section 3 MOC credits.

*Pilot ends April 2018.

For questions about Prescribing Safely Canada: