A Guide for Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education
The Continuing Professional Development Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society has produced the following quick guide to successful accreditation for a conference or group learning activity as per Section 1 of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Maintenance of Certification Program.
Note for non-physician organizations: You must contact the CPS to have a physician member assigned to the planning committee at the start of your work.
- Needs Assessment: It is important to determine who your target audience is and what their perceived or unperceived needs are. You will be asked to identify the sources of information you have used.
- Creating Learning Objectives: Learning objectives should be based on the identified needs. The objectives should be developed for the overall conference and for individual presentations or workshops and should state what the participants will know or achieve as a result of attending the activity. If possible, the objectives should be printed on the conference brochure. Alternatively, they should be made available during the conference. For further assistance with learning objectives see “Creating learning objectives”.
- Educational Delivery Method: It is important to think about the educational delivery options in order to engage participants actively and facilitate adult learning. It is likewise important to ensure that at least 25% of the education time is devoted to interactive learning opportunities.
- Evaluations: It is essential to plan evaluations in order to obtain feedback from the participants. It is important to tie the evaluations to the learning objectives in order to explore whether the objectives were indeed met and whether the course content was relevant to the participants’ learning needs. Sample evaluation forms are available.
- Ethical Standards for Continuing Professional Education: Group CME activities approved under Section 1 must meet the CMA guidelines governing the relationship between physicians and the pharmaceutical industry, and the CPS guidelines. The sponsoring organization must have complete control over the selection of the topic, content and speakers, and must ensure the scientific validity, objectivity and completeness of the content. There must be a mechanism for disclosing financial affiliations of faculty, moderators and members of the planning committee. All sources of commercial funds must be identified and funds are to be received in the form of an unrestricted educational grant, payable to the sponsoring organization. Sample Speakers’ Disclosure of Potential Conflict of Interest forms are available.
No drug or product advertisements may appear on or with any of the written materials, preliminary or final programs, brochures or advanced notifications of the event. Generic names should be used rather than trade names on all presentations and written materials.