Dear colleagues,

As you know, we’re introducing a competency-based approach to medical education; we will soon be embarking on a similar approach to continuing professional development (CPD).

Our current approach, the Maintenance of Certification Program – despite its imperfections – is the product of considerable thought, research and behind the scenes work. Do I think that there is room for improvement? Certainly, and that is one driver behind this process.

Among other benefits, a competency-based approach to CPD will provide the flexibility to better tailor your program for individual and specialty-specific needs, adapt to changes in your practice, and reflect real-world learning (individual/group, classroom/workplace).

In a couple of weeks, we will be hosting a summit on competency-based CPD. I’m looking forward to the discussions we have planned on, for example, the roles of patients or simulation in physician assessment. We will also be looking at how self-assessment of knowledge and performance can contribute to clinical decision-making, knowledge translation and the demonstration of competence.

These are important themes as we look to reframe and restructure CPD with a more real-world, deliberate approach. As a Fellow recently wrote in his correspondence to me, it is a time for reflection on the MOC Program and its goals. I agree, and the timing is impeccable.

To help steer discussions at next month’s meeting, we’ve opened a short four-question poll (it closes May 4).

Take the poll here.

I hope you will take a few moments to contemplate these questions and provide your comments. Have your say. There will be plenty of opportunities for additional feedback, as this process is likely to take several years, but this is a first step.

For my part, I can assure you that the outcomes of this meeting will not be shrouded in mystery. We will share them in our monthly newsletter and on other channels.

We want and need this to be a joint effort. 

Our goal at the end of this is an MOC Program that you are proud of. One that is more impactful and meaningful to you. One you can confidently say helps you to be a better doctor.


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