CME credits for using library resources

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 58, No. 2, March 2016, Page 96 College Library

Did you know that when you send a clinical query to the College Library you can obtain CME credits for reading the articles sent in reply? Each bibliography sent by College librarians contains links to instructions for registering the literature search with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

College registrants may submit a clinical query using the online literature search request form (, or by phone, fax, e-mail, or mail. Be sure to indicate any deadlines so we can schedule your search appropriately.

The College Library also provides a course on searching the literature, in partnership with UBC Continuing Professional Development. There is a fee to attend the course, but participants receive a CME certificate accepted by both the CFPC and RCPSC. Upcoming sessions of this course, called Finding Medical Evidence, may be found on the UBC CPD website at If the scheduled times and locations don’t work for you, the course is also available by request (either on-site or online).

If you listen to Audio-Digest lectures, you can also obtain CME credits for this activity. Eleven Audio-Digest series are available, including Family Practice, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, and more. Instructions for downloading Audio-Digest lectures are available on the College Library website at (login required). To obtain CME credits, test papers may be purchased directly from Audio-Digest. 

For more ways to earn CME credits, visit the library’s guide at 
—Niki Baumann


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Niki Baumann. CME credits for using library resources. BCMJ, Vol. 58, No. 2, March, 2016, Page(s) 96 - College Library.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:

  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
  • There is no period after the journal name.
  • Page numbers are not abbreviated.

For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit

BCMJ Guidelines for Authors

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