Section 1 (Group Learning) activities comprise accredited and unaccredited group learning activities, including rounds, journal clubs, small-group learning sessions and conferences. Their interactive nature brings great opportunity to exchange ideas and learning with peers.
Did you know? Group learning activities are the most-reported activities in the MOC Program. Conferences have been shown to have a significant impact on knowledge, as well as an effect on clinical behaviours and patient outcomes.
Accredited group learning activities
Claim one credit per hour of participation (no maximum)
Unaccredited group learning activities
Claim 0.5 credits per hour of participation (up to a maximum of 50 credits per cycle)
Popular questions on group learning
How do I know if a conference held in Canada qualifies for MOC Section 1 credits?
Look for this key statement: "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]."
In Canada, conferences, courses, workshops and seminars must be approved by an accredited CPD provider in order for participants to claim MOC Program credits. You’ll know that Section 1 approval has been granted if the statement above appears on the conference’s program materials.
I participated in a group learning activity in Canada approved for American Medical Association PRA Category 1 credits. Can I claim this for MOC Section 1 credits?
Yes, you can. Group learning activities held in Canada but developed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)-accredited physician organizations (e.g. university, academy, specialty society, hospital department, etc.) can be recorded as accredited activities under Section 1 of our MOC Program.
Can working or clinical rounds be self-approved for MOC Section 1 credits?
No. In order for rounds, journal clubs or small group learning activities to be self-approved for MOC Section 1 credits, they must meet our accreditation standards. These standards include the establishment of a planning committee, the development of learning objectives based on a needs assessment conducted for the target audience, adherence to established ethical standards and the execution of an evaluation strategy of the rounds program. Typically, “working” or “clinical rounds” are not formal CPD activities; rather, they are bedside visits by a physician — or other health professional — to evaluate treatment, assess the current course, and document the patient’s progress or recuperation.
Tips from Fellows on group learning
- Is the international conference you are attending eligible for an “accredited” credit rating? Dr. Amer Burhan, FRCPC, explains how to check if a conference held outside of Canada is accredited or unaccredited.
- Triple your conference learning: Did you attend any accredited conferences this year? CPD Educator, Dr. Shahid Ahmed, FRCPC, shares five steps for turning conference learnings into personal learning projects.