Continuing Professional Development Programming
International Medical Graduate (IMG) Program
Collaboration with the Faculty of Dentistry
Programs for the General Public
Each year the Division of CPD will have offer over 100 conferences, courses or workshops to over 5000 health care professionals. The Division of CPD’s educational programs are outlined below.
Bannatyne Campus Program
The Division of CPD offers a series of eight full-day conferences held on site at the Faculty of Medicine targeting urban family physicians, and offering approximately 44 hours of lectures and workshops throughout the academic year. The program is made available by videoconferencing to other communities in Manitoba (i.e., Winkler/Morden, Swan Lake, Brandon, and Churchill) and in Northwest Ontario (i.e., Dryden). See brochure...
The Division of CPD offers a series of conferences held onsite and delivered via videoconferencing. The Community-Based Program is intended for an audience of physicians and other health professionals practicing in rural or northern communities. The programming, involving eight 1-4 hour sessions per year, is delivered to 8 rural communities across the Manitoba:
Flin Flon The Pas Thompson
Steinbach St-Pierre/Vita Winkler/Morden
Dauphin Hamiota/Minnedosa/Shoal Lake
Winter CME Program
The Winter CME Program is a yearly weekend-long event intended for an audience of physicians and other health professionals practicing in rural or northern communities. The program focuses on providing practical or hands-on skill development.
On a monthly basis, the Division offers a series of noon-hour lectures held as a multi-site videoconference that is available to any site on the Manitoba Telehealth Network.
Pediatric Small Group Learning
The Division of CPD manages a series of monthly small-group learning sessions/lectures targeting community-based pediatricians. See brochure...
Medical Record Keeping Course
The Medical Record Keeping course is on on-demand course that provides an overview of best practices for the maintenance of patient records.
A number of programs are developed each year by or with the Division of CPD to address specific topics or to meet the needs specific groups. Examples in the 2010-2011 academic year include: Cardiology Update, Ortho Symposium, and Methadone: An Introduction to Clinical Practice.
Programs Developed with Departments/Units
The Division of CDP has ongoing formal collaborative relationships with a number of departments and groups in the Faculty of Medicine for the planning, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education activities. These include:
The Department of Emergency Medicine:
Emergency Medicine Update.
Emergency Medicine Rounds.
Emergency Medicine Journal Club.
The Department of Family Medicine:
Department of Family Medicine Faculty Development Series.
Department of Family Medicine Medical Education Journal Club.
Department of Family Medicine Obstetrics Journal Club.
The Department of Medical Education:
Faculty of Medicine Faculty Development Series.
Medical Education Journal Club.
Simulation Journal Club.
The Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library:
Library Education Programs.
Exam Preparation Courses
The Division of CPD offers non-credit courses for physicians preparing for exams such as the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam: Part 1 and/or Part 2, or the certification exam of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Self-Directed Clinical Traineeships
The Division of CPD facilitates approximately 3 or 4 requests for self-directed clinical traineeships each year. These self-directed clinical traineeships are prolonged learning experiences, usually planned to enhance current knowledge or to learn new knowledge and skills of practicing clinicians. See more...
IMG Mentorship and Clinical Enhancement Program
This novel program is mandated by College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba for IMG physicians entering supervised practice in Manitoba. The program provides individualized mentorship from a seasoned practicing physician, and utilizes a self-directed learning format that encourages physicians to reflect on their practice. Since its inception in 2007, 75 physicians have been enrolled in the program.
In the 2010-2011 academic year, the Division of CPD has provided assessment and/or remediation services to 80 physicians and other clinicians. The Division of CPD’s assessment programs are outlined below.
Clinician Assessment and Professional Enhancement (CAPE) Program
The CAPE Program strives to be of service to both the licensing authority and to the individual physician candidate in determining concrete educational needs in terms of core knowledge, attitudes, skills, and competence. The target audience for the program includes:
The physician whose competence is under question. These are physicians who have undergone a standards or investigative process by their licensing authority.
The registered/registerable physician whose attitudes, skills, and knowledge needs to be assessed for the proposed practice setting. This would include IMGs as well as Canadian-trained physicians who wish to change their practice focus or add components to it.
The physician re-entering practice after a period of absence for illness, family responsibilities, administration, or other reasons.
The student or trainee who is having difficulties in the clinical portion of his/her training. The CAPE Program occasionally sees students or trainees in their clinical years that are having difficulties that are not resolved by the usual processes available to undergraduate or postgraduate medical education programs.
Physicians who wish to have their skills assessed in order to determine where to focus their continuing education efforts. See more...
National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Exam
The Division of CPD locally administers the National Assessment Collaboration Exam of the Medical Council of Canada. This Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is used to assess IMGs for entry into training programs. See more...
Professional Boundaries Program
The Professional Boundaries Program was created to increase awareness of professional boundary issues for those professionals deemed to be at risk for boundary violations, to assess these professionals, and to provide education and/or therapy depending on the identified needs. There are three components or divisions in the Professional Boundaries Program:
The Boundaries Assessment Division assesses professionals at risk of boundary violations in order to determine if they would most benefit from an educational program, from psychotherapy, from a combination of the two, or whether they constitute a serious risk to the public and the licensing authorities should be informed of same.
The Boundaries Education Division designed for those professionals in whom increased awareness of and education on issues relating to Boundaries will be of benefit to their continued interaction with patients and professional colleagues. It consists of ten one-hour sessions at weekly intervals with a psychiatrist-educator.
The Boundaries Therapy Division is designed for those professionals in whom increased awareness of and education on issues related to boundaries may not be sufficient to prevent future boundary violations. It consists of psychotherapy sessions with psychiatrists specifically trained in boundaries issues. The duration of the therapy will vary.
Registered Clinical Assistant Exams
The Division of CPD administers the Registered Clinical Assistant exam, allowing successful healthcare professionals to be included on the Clinical Assistant Register of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, and entitles them to practice in an approved training program under the supervision of medical staff. See more...
The Division of CPD oversees an approved examination developed by the Section of Cardiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Manitoba. The examination is a requirement for any physician wanting to provide official interpretation of EKGs in the Province of Manitoba, who are not certificants of the RCPSC in cardiology, or hold a certificate of special competence in cardiology.
Manitoba Practice Assessment Program (MPAP)
The Division of CPD is in the process of developing a new assessment program in response to a need identified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and the Province of Manitoba. This program is aimed at assessing physicians practicing on a conditional license in the Province of Manitoba who have not yet achieved their Canadian certification through the CFPC or RCPSC within the defined time frame designated by the College. The assessment process is scheduled to start in the fall 2011, and it will inform the College’s decision about granting full licensure. See more...
The Manitoba IMG Program was created in 2001 with a mandate to increase the number of IMGs eligible to practice medicine, particularly in the underserviced rural regions of Manitoba. As of October 2010, the IMG Program falls under the umbrella of the Division of CPD. Although the IMG Program does not fall under the focus of CACME, it is helpful to appreciate how its activities align with the other educational and assessment activities of the Division.
The IMG program runs competitive and merit-based programs for the orientation, assessment, and education/training of IMGs. The IMG Program manages the following pathways to practice:
Medical Licensure Program for IMGs
The Medical Licensure Program for IMGs is a 1-year training program that enhances physicians’ international medical training and prepares them for medical licensure and practice as primary care physicians in underserviced areas of Manitoba. For the 2010 academic year, there are presently 19 physicians enrolled in the program.
International Medical Graduate Assessment for Conditional Licensure Program
The International Medical Graduate Assessment for Conditional Licensure Program provides IMGs who are considered practice-ready and have suitable postgraduate experience, an accelerated route to licensure. The program involves a 3-month practice-based assessment and educational experience. As of January 2011, there are presently 5 physicians enrolled in this program.
Non-Registered Specialist Assessment Program
The Non-Registered Specialist Assessment Program facilitates the clinical assessment and education of non-registered specialists to ensure they meet the requirements for licensure by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. The programming is tailored to the particular specialty area of the IMG, their training background, and proposed practice setting.
Recognizing the potential for efficiencies in administrative processes and high quality collaborative learning, the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry agreed to work together in the area of CPD. The aspects of the collaboration are outlined below.
Continuing Dental Education
The Division of CPD will be providing administrative services for the coordination of Continuing Dental Education programming as well as sharing educational expertise within the Division of CPD and the Faculty of Medicine, such as expertise in the area of simulation. The collaboration allows the Division of CPD to hire additional staff.
Oral-Systemic Health Initiative
In 2010, the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry jointly hired a Director of Oral-Systemic Health: Ms. Casey Hein. She provides leadership in the area of oral-systemic health curriculum development and is located within the Division of CPD. The Oral-Systemic Health Initiative focuses on oral health education for non-dental health professionals ranging from undergraduate to practicing health professionals. Based on an extensive assessment of needs, a curriculum on oral systemic health has been developed, and content is presently being developed.
Internationally, this collaboration with Dentistry appears to getting significant attention, being partially responsible for the appointment of Dieter Jürgen Schönwetter, PhD, a member of the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Manitoba, as the Associate Editor for the MedEdPORTAL collection on oral-systemic health.
Programs for the General Public
Since 2008, the Division of CPD has offered Mini-Medical School. This lecture series provides the general public with information on the normal human body, disease, disease processes, and clinical challenges allowing them to become more educated health care consumers. The program provides participants with a greater appreciation of the full scope activities in which the Faculty of Medicine is engaged. This program has steadily grown and attracted 197 participants for the series in 2010.