News at Medicine - January 2018 - Office of Professional Development Receives Full Accreditation

Office of Professional Development Receives Full Accreditation
January 3, 2018
The Faculty of Medicine’s Office of Professional Development (OPD) continues to provide excellence in continuing professional development.
On Nov. 15, the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) voted to continue accreditation of the office for an eight-year term.

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s CACME provides a periodic accreditation process to ensure that university continuing medical education and continuing professional development (CME/CPD) offices exhibit high standards of performance through a standards-based external review.

The accreditation process involves the preparation of a self-study report, according to guidelines, and a site visit by two surveyors appointed by the CACME Secretariat. The OPD site visit occurred May 15 - 16, 2017.

The surveyors report highlighted a number of key strengths including a dedicated senior leadership team, providing innovative online and webinar learning opportunities and supporting research. The report also made note of OPD’s strong partnerships with organizations like the provincial regional health authorities, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and national partnerships with numerous specialty societies like McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre.

More details about these highlights were mentioned in Dr. Margaret Steele’s Dean’s Notes from Dec. 11, 2017.
“As the only university-accredited provider of CME/CPD in the province, we have a strong accountability to physicians and other health professionals”, said Dr. Vernon Curran, associate dean, educational development, Faculty of Medicine “The Office of Professional Development strives to ensure we are offering an accessible level of programming that is responsive to the lifelong learning needs of our health-care practitioners.”

As an accredited office, OPD are permitted to accredit educational programming that meets the standards of the Mainpro+® (Maintenance of Proficiency) program of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  

Both programs are the required CME/CPD programs of each respective body and participation in a program is a requirement for revalidation by the College of Physicians Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 2016, the Faculty of Medicine’s Medical Education Scholarship Centre (MESC) re-located offices and are now co-located with OPD in the professional development office suite in the Health Sciences Centre on the St. John’s campus. This office dynamic has enabled further collaboration in faculty development and in educational development across the continuum of medical education.

A Report on Activities highlights the key activities and accomplishments of the offices during the period of 2014 to 2017.
Dr. Curran noted that office staff, academic directors and faculty members from the medical school and university have made significant contributions to the innovative programming that OPD has been able to offer.  

“I am very thankful for everyone’s contributions to ensure our continued success. Together, we are helping patients in Newfoundland and Labrador by providing excellence in continuing education for health professionals throughout the province.”
Staff and faculty from the OPD and MESC.
Back row (l-r): Ritche Perez, Arlene Peddigrew, Karla Simmons, Robert Glynn, Todd Pardy, Anuj Singh Charan, Dan DeLong, Bridgette Hynes, Dr. Steve Shorlin, Sheri Coombs. Front row (l-r): Lisa Fleet, Cecilia Mesh, Cynthia Whitton, Dr. Vernon Curran, Gerona McGrath, Diana Deacon, Lorna Coles, Dr. Heidi Coombs-Thorne.
Photo credit: Ritche Perez