Physicians or other healthcare professionals know they have a responsibility to ensure their education continues throughout their entire career. The Office of Professional Development (OPD) is a service unit of the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University.

OPD offers a breadth of professional development programming each year which addresses the needs of healthcare professionals who practice in both urban and rural communities across Newfoundland and Labrador, nationally and internationally. Programs are offered in a variety of formats, including: onsite/face-to-face; online/distance; discipline rounds; and educational assessment, retraining and traineeship experiences. OPD also offers a certificate program in Medical Teaching and, in conjunction with the Gardiner Centre, a certificate in Physician Management and Leadership.

OPD is an accredited provider of university continuing medical education/continuing professional development by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). CACME accreditation provides a transparent and accountable accreditation process to ensure that OPD exhibits the high standards of performance expected of academic institutions and contributes to the health needs of society.

We also promote a host of partnering opportunities within the public / private sectors outside the university environment. These include research, developing online learning and web / video / audio conferencing.

As a leading force in helping health professionals meet their educational needs and to maintain competence in their field, OPD works as a team to:

DEFINE the educational and professional development needs of physicians and other health professionals.

DESIGN programs that will meet the educational and professional development needs of physicians and other health professionals.

EVALUATE the immediate and long-term outcomes of a program or service.

IMPROVE upon the design and delivery of OPD programs via evaluation.

INVESTIGATE innovations in CPD.

SHARE the results of our research with the medical community (presentations at conferences; publications in peer-reviewed journals).