Dear Colleagues,

In November you’ll receive the first of several reminders to visit MAINPORT and submit your MOC Program credits in advance of the January 31 submission deadline. The opportunities to reflect, record and plan our continuing professional development illustrate how the members of the Royal College are committed to lifelong learning.

We have responded to your feedback on the MOC Program
In 2008, the Royal College undertook a major revision of the MOC Program so it would more completely meet your needs and reflect findings from the best evidence about lifelong learning. To this end, we completed a survey of Fellows and an exhaustive review of the CPD research literature. We then launched a thoroughly revamped MOC Program and a redesigned MAINPORT last year that are more streamlined and can be personalized to support your lifelong learning strategies.

Since then, we’ve worked hard to make these tools easy to use. We selected and trained 12 regional CPD educators who are committed to helping you learn and navigate the new MOC Program and MAINPORT and incorporate it into your practice. We’ve launched MAINPORT Mobile for Blackberry and Android users, and built a mobile app for iPhone and iPad, available today at the App Store. Now, you can enter your CPD activities to MAINPORT at any time, whether you’re on rounds, at a conference or at home. I’m pleased to report that members have been enthusiastic in their response to these innovations. After just one month, the iPhone and iPad app had been downloaded more than 4,000 times.

We have recently hired a highly qualified new Assistant Director of Membership Programs, Christine James. Christine has more than 20 years of experience working to improve services and relationships in professional associations. We welcome her, and encourage you to contact her with your thoughts on current and future Royal College services.

We’re evolving new tools and processes all the time
Coming soon are some further refinements, all of which make the MOC Program or MAINPORT more flexible and accessible, and more intuitive to use:

  • A new eLearning tab on the MAINPORT page makes it simpler for you to find CPD learning resources by listing them under easy-to-navigate headings. Our next steps are to improve the tab’s functionality so you can tailor it to your personal learning interests.
  • We plan to embed CPD activities into MAINPORT so that you can find activities, pay for them and complete them without ever leaving the application.
  • We are adding automatic transfer of information to your MAINPORT Holding Area for searches you complete using Dynamed. This will lessen the amount of time you spend documenting these types of learning activities.
  • We are partnering with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society to enable Fellows to use their smartphone or iPad to scan a QR code from a promotional poster or postcard at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, which will automatically transfer the available credits from the conference directly into their MAINPORT Holding Area. We plan to extend this service to other National Specialty Society annual meetings in the New Year.

Your opinion drives change!
Just as important as the improvements we’ve made to the MOC Program is our commitment to receive input from as many of you as possible about how we can do even better. Last week, we invited you to evaluate the new MOC Program via an online survey . If you haven’t already, please complete it. This is an important communications vehicle to determine if we’re delivering the tools and services members need.

Today, I ask you to consider some other important questions about CPD. Given that initial certification is the most significant milestone in any specialist physician’s career, what are the new milestones of competency as our learning journey continues? This is a question that other countries have explored, and we are all well aware that it is on the horizon for Canada.

Already, about 35 percent of MOC Program credits are in the category of assessment—so what does assessment mean to a Fellow committed to lifelong learning? How do we define assessment at present? How should we define it? (We welcome your thoughts in the comment box at the end of this message.)

As we grapple with these important questions, we will approach a strategy as we did when we set out to improve the MOC Program: by working collaboratively with Fellows, by considering in full your views and opinions, and by ensuring that our actions and decisions are firmly rooted in scholarship.

As always, I encourage you to contact me personally with your comments and ideas about the issue of assessment, professional development and lifelong learning.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Chief Executive Officer


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