CAPA has been advised that a new regulatory change from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM) means that Clinical Assistants must track and report their continuing professional development (CPD) activities to approved organizations, which includes the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA).
As per the CPSM November 2018 memo, you must advise them by 31 January 2019 which organization you have joined and will be tracking your CPD with.
If you choose to track your CPD through CAPA, below are the steps to follow.
- Go to https://capa-acam.ca/register/ to become a CAPA member.
- Select “Non-PA CPD Tracking Tool” as your membership type.
- Once your CAPA membership registration is received; CAPA will send a CPD Profile template to complete and return to CAPA.
- Once the template is completed and returned to CAPA; a request to create your CPD Tracking Tool profile will be sent by CAPA to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (The Royal College).
- The Royal College has advised that they will create new profiles (5-year cycle for the period of 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2023) during the second week of January 2019.
- CAPA will email your unique CPD Tracking Tool credentials (you will be prompted to create a password upon initial login) to you when they are available (mid-January).
- Attached are a few helpful documents to guide you through the Mainport ePortfolio and Maintenance of Competence (MOC) program as well as the MOC framework. We are always available to assist our members with credit hour reporting. Please do not contact the Royal College directly; all CAPA members are redirected to CAPA/PACCC.
For those members tracking their CPD with CAPA, the requirements are as follows:
- 400 credits over the course of your five-year cycle by participating in educational activities that meet the identified needs of your professional practice.
- 40 credits of CPD activities per year, even in the years after you have reached the 400-credit minimum requirement.
- *Note: For CAPA members, the 25 credit per section rule applies to Section 1 and 2 only. You may still earn and report activities in Section 3; however, having a minimum number of credits in this section is NOT a condition for meeting your CPD requirements.
A form providing the CPSM with your Practitioner Profile information was to be submitted to the CPSM by 14 December 2018.
All enquiries pertaining to the Practitioner Profile please contact the CPSM Qualifications Department [Melissa Myers (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Maxine Miller (email@example.com)]. For enquiries about the CPSM’s requirement for a Continuing Professional Development Program, please contact the CPSM Standards Department [Kim Hare (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carol Chester-McLeod (email@example.com)].
Should you have any questions about CAPA memberships or CAPA’s CPD requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us at 613-248-2272 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.