2019 MyCPD Framework

Category 1: Educational Activities

1 credit per hour Maximum 60 credits per year

Educational activities have traditionally been the major component of CPD and include activities such as lectures, presentations, conference attendance and reading that contribute to a doctor's maintenance, updating and broadening of their medical knowledge.

Examples:

  • Lectures / seminars / workshops
  • Conferences
  • Courses
  • Reading / research / info searches e.g. Medline
  • Publications (including preparation time)
  • Teaching / supervision
  • Examining / writing examination questions
  • Grand rounds / journal clubs
  • Hospital and other medical meetings
  • Online learning / audio / video
  • Committee / working group / council involvement
  • Presentations (including preparation time)
  • PhD studies / formal postgraduate studies
  • Self -assessment programs e.g. MKSAP
  • Other educational activities

Category 2: Reviewing performance

3 credits per hour Maximum 60 credits per year

Reviewing performance includes measures that focus on doctors’ actual work processes with feedback. The role of peers, co-workers and patients together with their feedback is critical in this process.

Examples:

  • Creating / maintaining a professional development plan
  • Peer review of performance e.g. Regular Practice Review
  • Performance appraisal
  • Peer review of medical records
  • Peer discussions of cases, critical incidents, safety and quality reviews
  • Multi-source feedback from peers, medical colleagues, co-workers, patients, other health practitioners
  • Patient feedback studies
  • Peer review of journal articles
  • Peer review of educational activities
  • Participation in the RACP Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP)
  • Mentoring (that involves review of performance)
  • Other activities that review performance

Category 3: Measuring outcomes

3 credits per hour Maximum 60 credits per year

Measuring outcomes for most doctors includes investigating the outcomes of doctors' everyday work by analysing and reflecting on data about their patients' health outcomes.

Examples:

  • Practice audits / clinical audits
  • Review of medical records
  • Incident reporting / monitoring e.g. mortality and morbidity reviews
  • Review of clinical indicators and guidelines / standards adherence
  • Comparison of individual / team data with local, institutional, regional data sets
    Institution audits e.g. hospital accreditation
  • Review of individual / team and comparative data from de-identified large datasets e.g. Medicare, PBS
  • Audit of medicolegal reports
  • Reflection on professional outcomes
  • Clinicopathological correlation meetings
  • Other activities that measure outcomes

The annual minimum continuing professional development (CPD) requirement is 100 credits.

The examples listed above are the most common activities in each category, however MyCPD is a self-reporting tool with a flexible framework.

Specialists are encouraged to confidently use their professional judgement about the categories they use to claim credits for CPD activities relevant to their scope of practice.

2019 MyCPD Framework PDF
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