Everyone has their own approach to completing their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program requirements. We reached out to some Fellows to gain some insights.
When you think about MOC, what is the first thing you think of?
“Why is it so hard to find section 3 credit activities?”
Dr. Carrie Kollias, an orthopedic surgeon in Lethbridge, Alta., undoubtedly voiced what many Fellows feel about the program. (That’s why we wrote the article ‘10 simple self-assessment strategies you can use every day.’ Check it out for ideas!)
By and large, though, Fellows understand the importance of logging their lifelong learning activities as a pillar of Canada’s self-regulating profession (even if it’s a bit of a pain to document).
As Dr. Bill Dafoe, a professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta, eloquently stated, “This is our responsibility to the profession, our colleagues, our patients and our families and neighbours that we will fulfil the obligation of ‘Maintenance of Competence’ to warrant their trust in us; that we will help shape the next stage of demonstrating that competency.”
Above: Words that were used to describe MOC.
How soon do you log your MOC activities?
There’s always a sense of urgency as the January 31 deadline looms for Fellows to log their activities for the year. Some members report them all at once; others, log them as they go.
Where do you fall on the spectrum?
One thing Dr. Dafoe will strive to do in 2018 is to take more time for contemplation.
“It’s important to take time for reflection and viewing the theme in your learning and professional life. Steve Jobs in his famous commencement address to the Stanford graduating class described it as ‘connecting the dots.’ So, I’ll try to enter my activities earlier to help with ‘connecting the dots.’”
Similarly, Dr. Roy Kirkpatrick, a general surgeon in Huntsville, Ont., will aim to think about areas of self-evaluation outside of the ‘medical expert’ role.
Learning activities vary specialist-to-specialist, though there are commonalities
One activity Dr. Sarah Mueller, a general surgeon in Saskatoon, Sask., makes sure to participate in every year are trauma courses. She explained, “Trauma courses, for residents and fellows across Canada, keep my skills and knowledge up-to-date.”
The best learning activity Dr. Mike Dickinson, a pediatrician in Miramichi, N.B., completed in 2017 was the PREP Self-Assessment questions from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“They are very educational and provide me with almost all the credits I need. They are also fun to do!”
Dr. Dafoe benefited immensely from the Physician Leadership Focus: Put Unrelenting Distractions in their Place that was part of the PLI Physician Leadership Course. He elaborated, “Insights were relevant to not only my workplace domain but also what is happening with our families and societies in our ‘plugged in society.’”
Some common activities specialists reported include
- Conferences (national and international)
- Annual meetings (national specialty societies)
- Simulation teaching and assessment
- Trauma courses
- Hospital rounds
- Case reviews
- Chart audits
- Position statement reviews
- Self-assessment questions and quizzes
- Book/chapter/journal writing or reading
Dr. Shabbir Amanullah, a psychiatrist in Woodstock, Ont., has many plans for 2018. He shared, “I have a book to write and a chapter to author, but I am looking forward to the annual chart audit that I am looking to implement for my department.”
Dr. Nancy Brager, a psychiatrist in Calgary, Alta., is anticipating attending the International CPD Conference in 2018 as a first-time attendee; while, Dr. Kirkpatrick will be completing the requirements for his Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care through the University of British Columbia.
MOC, described in three (or fewer) words
Perhaps, Dr. Amanullah said it best: “We owe it to our patients.”
Thank you to our contributors: Dr. Shabbir Amanullah, Dr. Nancy Brager, Dr. Bill Dafoe, Dr. Mike Dickinson, Dr. Roy Kirkpatrick, Dr. Carrie Kollias and Dr. Sarah Mueller.