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Continuing Professional Development Standard
Approval Date: November 2015
Review Date: November 2018
Review By: Continuing Education Program Committee
Approval By: Board


1. Policy

Participation in the RACMA’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program in medical leadership and management is a mandatory requirement for active Fellows and Associate Fellows of The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. CPD compliance is also an AHPRA and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) standard for the maintenance of specialist registration in medical administration. Doctors who are not members of RACMA may also participate in the RACMA Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) program in order to comply with CPD requirements for the maintenance of specialist registration in medical administration.


2. Scope

This standard applies to all Fellows and Associate Fellows and MOPs members.


3. RACMA CPD Standards

Standard 1 - Development of Professional Practice*

RACMA Fellows, Associate Fellows and MOPS participants are expected to engage in reflective performance improvement activities.
RACMA Fellows and MOPS participants must complete one audit each year and a minimum of 15 points of peer review activity each year.
RACMA Associate Fellows must complete one audit each triennium and a minimum of 10 points of peer review activity each year.

a) Audit
  • Audit of the RACMA Fellow's practice in medical management against an established standard (under development)
  • Presentation of a professional medical management audit at a peer-reviewed quality improvement meeting or teleconference with evidence collected from the workplace and results/outcome analysis e.g. Longitudinal (e.g. 3 years) demonstrating effectiveness of operation and impact of a Quality Improvement Committee, an organizational clinical audit program, a medical workforce performance program, a RCA program and change of practice, etc. Following a peer review session and report this activity may be logged in the RACMA eCEP website
  • Audit of departmental outcomes
  • Medical services survey/review
  • ACHS Audit It is expected that the data collected via the annual audit(s) will be used to inform the peer review activity.

b) Peer Review
  • a 360-degree audit of effectiveness in the practice of medical management using the RACMA 360 degree tool or alternate validated multisource feedback tool. Documentation of outcomes such as change to medical management practice to be logged on the RACMA website
  • Completion of the client/employer's annual performance appraisal against scope or workplace goals and objects set by client/employer, review with client/employer and development of further learning and development plan/requirements. Evidence of completion and outcomes to be logged on the RACMA eCEP website.
  • Critique of a video review of consultations by peer(s) (RACMA MiniMex)
  • Practice visit

* Transitional arrangements: In 2016, Fellows must complete at least one CEP Standard 1 activity, this may be either an audit or peer review activity


Standard 2 - Continuing Medical Education 

RACMA Fellows and MoPS participants will undertake and document evidence of 35 points of continuing medical education activity per annum. Associate Fellows must undertake and document evidence of a minimum of 15 points per annum. These will be in activities related to the scope of practice of medical administration. Activities can be separated into the following categories:
  • Self Directed Education
  • Education Activities
  • College Meeting Attendance and Participation
The general principle employed with weighting is that 1 point corresponds with 1 hour of CEP activity. Certain activities fundamental to RACMA competencies may have a higher weighting. See activity table linked below for details.

 
4. CPD Point Requirements

Fellows of RACMA (FRACMA): minimum of 50 points per annum of CME and peer review activity, and one annual audit per annum as outlined within Standard 1.

Associate Fellows of RACMA (AFRACMA): minimum of 25 points per annum of CME and peer review activity, and one annual audit per triennium as outlined within Standard 1.

MoPS: (non College medical administrators/other doctors and specialists): a minimum of 50 points per annum of CME and peer review activity, and one annual audit per annum as outlined within Standard 1.

The general principle employed with weighting is that 1 point corresponds with 1 hour of CEP activity. Certain activities fundamental to RACMA competencies may have a higher weighting. All activity must be evidenced and must be “management related” activities.


5. Reporting Requirements

The RACMA CPD Program has an annual reporting period. Fellows, Associate Fellows and MOPS participants must document their professional development activities for a CPD year in their personal CPD record on the RACMA eCEP website by 31 March of the following year. Relevant evidence must also be lodged on the eCEP website or kept for 5 years in case of an audit.

Annual certificates are sent electronically each May after authorisation by the jurisdictional CEP Coordinator and the Chair of the CEP Committee.

Three annual periods make a triennium. The triennium period was standardised from 2011-13. An annual report is issued yearly and participation statements are freely printed via the eCEP website.

The role of the CEP coordinator is to provide coaching and guidance in line with the CPD program and to review CPD activity documentation before annual certificates are issued.
 

Reciprocal Recognition: Points are not awarded for completion of another continuing professional development program.


6. Professional Development Activities: Standards, Points and Requirements

Click here to view the CEP Activity Options and Points Weighting table


7. Related Documents

Continuing Professional Development Registration Standard – MBA / AHPRA
Recency of Practice Registration Standard - MBA / AHPRA
Sections 11 and 12 Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003
MCNZ Recertification and Continuing Professional Development Booklet
MCNZ discussion paper on Council’s Vision and principles for recertification for doctors in New Zealand
MCNZ Policy on regular practice review
Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Education Programs and Professional Development Programs by the AMC 2015
Implementation of Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Programs and Professional Development Programs 2016
Sections 7 and 9 of the RACMA Constitution
RACMA Continuing Education Program Manual
RACMA Policy Annual Audit of Participation in Continuing Education Program
RACMA Procedure Recording Continuing Education Program Participation
RACMA Regulation Continuing Education Program Exemptions
RACMA Policy Performance/Competency and Retraining
RACMA Regulation Performance/Competency and Retraining
RACMA Terms of Reference Continuing Education Program Committee

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