By Maria Teresa Ponce Silva
Canadian National CPD Accreditation Conference
The National CPD Accreditation Conference (NAC) is a live, in-person conference hosted jointly by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). The event is designed for both physicians and non-physicians responsible for developing, implementing, accrediting and evaluating CPD activities. NAC brings together continuing professional development (CPD) experts from university continuing medical education offices, CFPC’s chapter offices, national specialty societies, and simulation programs across Canada. Held over two days, the conference contributes to the continuous improvement of our national CPD system, improves learning and continuous practice improvement for physicians in Canada and assist participants to apply accreditation standards, policies and processes to their own CPD program.
12NAC was scheduled to take place in Toronto this October, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has been rescheduled for Fall 2021.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons CPD Accreditation Response to COVID-19
Accredited CPD providers (i.e. national specialty societies, university offices of CME and simulation programs) have had to be creative to quickly adapt and pivot from face-to-face activity formats to online virtual events. Dwindling resources and higher demand for activity accreditation have required additional ingenuity and nimbleness. To support our CPD providers, the Royal College CPD Accreditation Team has developed the following initiatives:
Maria Teresa Ponce Silva is the CPD Accreditation Program Coordinator at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.