2021 MyCPD Framework
The RACP recognises that professional development needs to be personal, adaptable and appropriate to each Fellow’s context and scope of practice. Therefore, the MyCPD program is designed to be a self-reporting tool with a flexible framework, encouraging specialists to self-accredit and record CPD activity relevant to their scope of practice.
For Fellows of the RACP, the MyCPD program follows the calendar year (1 January to 31 December) with records due by 31 March of the following year. For example, 2021 MyCPD submissions are due by 31 March 2022. The annual minimum CPD requirement is 100 credits, with each category capped at 60 credits.
In 2017 the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) released a final report from the Expert Advisory Group on revalidation (PDF). In response to this report, the MBA launched the Professional Performance Framework (PPF), which will create changes affecting all Australian registered medical practitioners.
To prepare Fellows to meet these future requirements and to reflect the current recertification requirements of the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ), the CPD Committee elected to amend the MyCPD Framework. These amendments were approved by the College Education Committee.
2021 MyCPD Framework (PDF)
2021 examples of acceptable CPD evidence (PDF)
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When can I claim educational activities in categories 2 and 3?
Completing some activities listed in Category 1 may require you to engage in peer review or outcome measurement. Where this is the case, that component of the activity can be claimed in the relevant category. For example:
Your postgraduate studies may require you to collect and analyse data from your practice that leads to recommendations about practice, or data from a health unit that leads you to recommend changes to policy or practice. In this case the measuring outcomes element could be claimed as a Category 3 activity. The associated reading and research elements will remain as Category 1 activities.
What constitutes peer review and when can I claim as a reviewer?
Peer review involves review of your performance/practice by your peers.
Generally, your peers will be other physicians with comparable or greater training and experience, however this can depend on a range of factors including what aspect of your practice you are reviewing. Many of your professional skills (such as communication or teaching) may also be valuably reviewed by the nursing or allied health staff that you interact with regularly. Some specialities (such as Public Health or Occupational and Environmental medicine) and those who are predominantly academics or researchers may find non-physician peers better able to provide useful feedback on their performance.
The primary focus of peer review is seeking feedback from your peers on your own performance. However, you may also be asked to provide feedback on the performance of others. In some cases this can result in reflecting on your own practice and potentially making changes to your practice as a result of your review of others. In this case your peer review of others may also be claimable in MyCPD Category 2: Reviewing Performance.
Establishing peer review groups that meet regularly to review practice can provide valuable learning experiences. Peer review of practice and of specific cases can identify the strengths and weaknesses of particular approaches and identify potential changes to practice. Peer review can occur:
- between individual physicians (including by isolated physicians that organise periodic visits by peers or to connect with individuals or groups via teleconference)
- in hospital units or group practices
- through sole practitioners coming together on a regular basis
When recording peer review activities it is necessary to keep appropriate evidence. A peer review log is also available to assist in recording these activities.