2020 Cohort Bridging Program Grant

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The purpose of the Royal College Bridging Program Grant (the “Bridging Grant”) is to fund continuing professional development (CPD) learning opportunities for certificants of the 2020 exam cohorts. The grant is designed to support CPD chosen to supplement formal Royal College residency training and/or skill consolidation that may have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These self-learning activities are defined by a set of learning objectives and must qualify as Personal Learning Projects within Section 2 – Planned Learning (2 credits per hour) of the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.

Examples of potentially eligible activities are provided on the application form.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • wrote a 2020 Royal College specialty or sub-specialty exam;
  • will be certified before April 1, 2021;
  • have recently completed (or are very close to completing) a Royal College residency training program (specialty or sub-specialty); and
  • have joined as Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada before the final payment for the CPD activity is issued.

The grant is allocated only once to each applicant who meets the funding criteria, on a first-come-first-served basis until the funding is exhausted. (Funds are limited for this grant.)

Application Process

  • The Bridging Program grant application form must be completed and submitted by the applicant via email to bridginggrant@royalcollege.ca
  • We cannot accept applications for activities that have taken place before July 1, 2020.

Policies

  • The learning plan, the selection of activities and evaluation strategies must be developed (or have been developed) in collaboration with a mentor, supervisor or instructor. The learning opportunity must be structured to provide the participant with feedback on the achievement of the intended learning objectives.
  • All activities must be structured to meet the self-learning requirements of traineeships or personal learning projects (which may include formal courses and online learning) as defined by the Royal College’s MOC Program.
  • This grant is not applicable to observerships (due to the lack of formal, structured feedback and evaluation) nor is it applicable to research projects.
  • Funding cannot be applied to Section 1 – Group Learning Activities, such as conferences.
  • Bridging grants are eligible for study within Canada or abroad.
  • Acceptable activities should be initiated between the periods of July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021.
  • Applications for funding within this grant program will be accepted until March 31, 2022, or until the grant budget is fully expended, whichever comes first.
  • Bridging grants are not intended to fund participation in a postgraduate program accredited by the Royal College. All programs listed on the Information by Discipline webpage are ineligible for this grant.

Funding

  • All successful applicants will receive funding based on estimated total learning hours multiplied by a daily rate (8 hours) of $500, up to a maximum of $4,000.
  • Funds are allocated to applicants meeting the criteria only once, on a first-come-first-served basis, until available funds are expended. There are limited funds available for this grant.

Acknowledgement

RBC Royal Bank is a Proud Sponsor of this grant and the Royal College gratefully acknowledges their financial support.

RBC will play no role in grant adjudication or determination of eligibility, nor will any personally identifiable information on grant recipients be provided to RBC.

Questions about the 2020 Bridging Program Grant: Please contact bridginggrant@royalcollege.ca

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