CPD through the College Library

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 59, No. 6, July August 2017, Page 301 College Library

College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC Library services and resources are eligible for continuing professional development credits through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Maintenance of Certification Program (Mainport system) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Mainpro+ system. 

Many of the online resources on the College Library website are eligible for American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award credits, which are reciprocally accepted by the CFPC and RCPSC. These include point-of-care tools such as ClinicalKey and BMJ Best Practice, both available at www.cpsbc.ca/library/search-materials/point-of-care-drug-tools. For example, CFPC members are eligible to receive up to 20 Mainpro+ self-learning credits for using BMJ Best Practice. Users may create a personal account in ClinicalKey and BMJ Best Practice for automatic activity tracking and generation of certificates for reporting to the Mainport or Mainpro+ systems.

Physicians are also eligible to receive credits for reading journals, under RCPSC’s Section 2 and as a noncertified self-learning activity in Mainpro+. Registrants can access thousands of journals from the College website for free and request up to 200 articles from the library staff each year at no cost.

Registrants requesting literature searches that apply to clinical practice are eligible for step 2 of a CFPC Pearls exercise and can apply the activity toward a Royal College personal-learning project. Physicians may request unlimited literature searches, which are delivered as bibliographies containing links to full-text articles with a selection of highly relevant articles attached.

College Library workshops on effective approaches to locating medical evidence are also accredited. For example, the 4-hour Finding Medical Evidence workshop is currently eligible for 3.5 M1 and Section 1 Accredited Group Learning Activity credits. Reflective learning elements that will increase those credits are planned for later in 2017.

For more details, visit www.cpsbc.ca/library/cpd. 
—Karen MacDonell, PhD, MLIS
Director, Library Services


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Karen MacDonell, PhD, MLIS. CPD through the College Library. BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 6, July, August, 2017, Page(s) 301 - College Library.

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