MyCPD claim examples

You will find that you participate in various activities in the normal course of your work which can be claimed as CPD credits. Here are example cases of CPD activity in a hospital, private practice and academic setting.

Hospital based example

Dr Singh works in a large hospital and undertakes CPD activities in the course of her daily practice. She teaches medical students on ward rounds and refers to UpToDate to improve patient care and quality.

Category 1: Educational Activities
(1 credit per hour, max 60 credits)
Hours Credits
Teaching/supervision 20 20
Reading/research/info searches 45 45

Dr Singh regularly participates in peer discussions of cases and critical incidents, which cause her to reflect on her own practice and processes. She also meets with the Head of Department once a year to formally review her performance and professional development. Upon review, she was able to identify areas for improvement as well as see her strengths affirmed.

Category 2: Reviewing Performance
(3 credit per hour, max 60 credits)
Hours Credits
Peer discussions of cases, critical incidents, safety and quality reviews 15 45
Performance appraisal 2 6

To ensure that her practice is consistent with the latest clinical guidelines and protocols, Dr Singh participated in a departmental audit. Dr Singh also tries to review her clinical notes when possible to assess if there can be any improvements made to the patients’ care or care plan.

Category 3: Measuring Outcomes
(3 credit per hour, max 60 credits)
Hours Credits
Departmental audit/Institution audit 18 54
Review of medical records 10 30

After adding learning reflections to a couple of activities that she found particularly interesting, Dr Singh has a total of 173 recognised credits for the year. Her MyCPD record appears as follows:

Category
Hours
Credits
Learning reflection
1: Educational Activities
(Max 60 credits)
65 60* 0
2: Reviewing Performance
(Max 60 credits)
17
51
1
3: Measuring Outcomes
(Max 60 credits)
28
60*
1
Breakdown of total credits
171 2
Total credits earned     173
* Fellows are encouraged to record all their hours for each CPD year, however each category will be capped at 60 recognised credits.

Private practice example

Dr Jones works in private practice in a rural area. Due to his location and busy schedule, he is unable to travel to major conferences and meetings. This year he had time to complete an online course on medical administration to improve his communication skills and the management of his practice.

Dr Jones refers to medical journals on a regular basis, selecting articles that are relevant to his scope of practice and interests. In the absence of peer review, he tests his knowledge using self-assessment programs such as the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP).

Category 1: Educational Activities
(1 credit per hour, max 60 credits)
Hours Credits
Courses 15 15
Self-assessment programs e.g. MKSAP 20 20
Reading/research/info searches 50 50

This year Dr Jones conducted a patient satisfaction study for the first time. The study focused on telehealth services, which he implemented to help his patients who are less mobile or live in remote areas. The results of his study have helped identify areas for improvement as well as affirm Dr Jones’ strengths.

While reflecting on his practice over the past year, Dr Jones has been able to identify gaps in his skills and knowledge. He has started writing a Professional Development Plan (PDP) for the next year to help him address these learning needs.

Category 2: Reviewing Performance
(3 credit per hour, max 60 credits)
Hours Credits
Patient satisfaction studies 8 24
Creating/maintaining a professional development plan 5 15

These entries, plus two learning reflections, give Dr Jones a total of 101 recognised credits for the year. His MyCPD record appears as follows:

Category
Hours
Credits
Learning reflection
1: Educational Activities
(Max 60 credits)
85 60* 0
2: Reviewing Performance
(Max 60 credits)
12 39 2
Breakdown of total credits
99 2
Total credits earned     101
* Fellows are encouraged to record all their hours for each CPD year, however each category will be capped at 60 recognised credits.

Academic example

Professor Smith works predominantly in medical research. This year she assisted with an audit on her research facility to ensure that high ethical standards were met, and standard operating procedures were being followed.

Category 3: Measuring Outcomes
(3 credit per hour, max 60 credits)
Hours Credits
Institution audit 9 27
Review of clinical indicators and guidelines/standards adherence 6 18

In addition to her research role, Professor Smith teaches at a university twice a week. She takes time to prepare well for her lectures and enjoys supervising student assignments. Professor Smith has also recently begun drafting a new publication.

Professor Smith recognises that receiving feedback from her colleagues and students helps her to reflect on her practice, so she is planning to conduct a multisource feedback process next year. This will help her identify areas for improvement and affirm her strengths.

Category 1: Educational Activities
(1 credit per hour, max 60 credits)
Hours Credits
Teaching/supervision 125 125
Publications (including preparation time) 15 15
Reading/research/info searches 40 40

These entries, plus two learning reflections, give Professor Smith a total of 107 recognised credits for the year. Her MyCPD record appears as follows:

Category Hours
Credits
Learning reflection
1: Educational Activities
(Max 60 credits)
180 60* 1
3: Measuring Outcomes
(Max 60 credits)
15 45
1
Breakdown of total credits
105 2
Total credits earned     107
* Fellows are encouraged to record all their hours for each CPD year, however each category will be capped at 60 recognised credits.

If you are a participant in the Australasian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (ACOR), see How to claim participation in the Australasian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (ACOR) in MyCPD guide to assist you in recording your CPD activity.

If you need further assistance, contact the CPD team.


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