9,000 ways to get Section 3 credits!

November 13, 2019 | Author: Royal College Staff

9,000 self-assessment programs will soon be at your fingertips!

Are you having trouble accessing and reporting Section 3 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program credits? Log in to your MAINPORT ePortfolio and get ready for a pleasant surprise!

By the end of November, you will be able to access more than 9,000 more accredited assessment activities eligible for Section 3 MOC credits.

A new collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is expanding the number and diversity of Section 3 credits available to Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.

We are in the process of adding thousands of continuing medical education (CME) activities to MAINPORT ePortfolio that meet the requirements of self-assessment programs (SAPs).

The additional activities are accredited under the ACCME’s “CME in support of MOC” program. They have been developed by accredited CME providers through a collaboration between the ACCME and six American specialty certifying boards:

  • American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) MOCA
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) MOC
  • American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) MOC
  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification
  • American Board of Pathology (ABPath) Continuing Certification
  • American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) MOC

You will be able to report your participation in these accredited activities available on or after November 1, 2019.

“With this partnership, we are bringing Royal College Fellows more choice and flexibility for claiming valuable MOC Program Section 3 credits,” said Royal College CEO Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC.

New searchable database

The Royal College has simultaneously launched a new searchable database to house all of the new Section 3 SAPs. Previously, SAPs were just listed alphabetically by name in a drop-down menu. Now you can search for them in many different ways: by activity name, date or ID number; by accreditation date; by specialty or subspecialty; by provider name; by location; and/or by CanMEDS Role.

Access the new SAP database in six simple steps

  1. Log into your MAINPORT account.
  2. Click on “Enter a CPD Activity”.
  3. Choose “Accredited Self-Assessment Programs” from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click on “Continue” at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Use the Simple Search to find an SAP based on Title, ID # or Specialty or use the Advanced Search to search for an SAP using additional criteria.
  6. Enter information for all required fields marked with red asterisks.

You can use the database in two ways: to search or “shop” for accredited activities in which to participate, or to submit completed activities.

Instructions on entering an activity on the MAINPORT app

  • Log into your MAINPORT app
  • Select “Enter a CPD Activity”
  • Choose “Accredited Self-Assessment Programs” from the Section 3 menu
  • Use the Simple Search to find an SAP based on Title, ID # or Specialty, or use the Advanced Search to search for an SAP using additional criteria
  • Select the SAP you want from the search results
  • Select “NEXT” at the top right-hand corner of the screen
  • Enter information for all required fields marked “REQUIRED” in red
  • Select “NEXT” at the top right-hand corner of the screen
  • Verify the information you have entered
  • Click “SUBMIT” at the top right-hand corner of the screen


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Bernard Brais | January 9, 2020
I'm still confused as to when when we need to compete the 25 credits of Section 3 credits? I'm not finding pertinent for my super specialized neurogenetics practice in the ones you propose... Should I concentrate on general ER neurology practice which I do a few weeks a year? If so, what would you suggest as the best choices?
Royal College - College royal Communications | January 9, 2020
Hi Dr. Brais, our Royal College Services Centre team can help support you with your MOC. Pease contact them at cpd@royalcollege.ca or via telephone: www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/about/help/contact-e- Royal College Communications
Peter Gould | December 24, 2019
I tried to use the new search system this afternoon to enter some section 3 activities for my specialty and discovered that there were now three hundred pages of unrelated American CME activities to wade through. As a member of the CPD committee for my specialty, I was not happy. Our committee worked very hard to provide our members with relevant accredited section 3 activities and now I fear our efforts will be lost amidst the hundreds of ACCME listings, which probably show up because someone chose to tag them for the broadest possible audience. Possibly some of these ACCME offerings may be relevant to our specialty, but we were not consulted or given an opportunity to review them. I hope you will work with us more closely in the future.
Royal College - College royal Communications | January 17, 2020
Hi Dr. Gould, thank you for your feedback — it is helpful as we launch and evaluate new services. Currently, when searching only by specialty, the search results include many activities. While this supports Fellows and MOC Program participants looking for varied self-assessment program (SAP) opportunities, not all of the results will be relevant. If you use the advanced search function, you can find activities more tailored to your educational needs. Moving forward, we will review of all the comments we receive to help us improve the search engine’s capability. – Royal College Communication
Gregory Allen | November 30, 2019
Nice concept, did not work. Course not listed despite multiple variations in Search criteria.
David Fisman | November 21, 2019
This seems like an absurd basket of requirements. The fact that you keep nudging and prompting us suggests to me there is not much uptake. I am not a high earning physician...making me pay for a whole additional basket of CME in addition to meetings, journals and other materials is onerous and I resent this very much.
Fabio Zanetti | November 18, 2019
Bravo ! ( finally). This will be very helpful for us in our CME.
Dr.Eva Risling | November 16, 2019
Seems pretty short of specialties. How about psychiatry?
Alan Kamitakahara | November 15, 2019
Pharmacists is essential to ensure that patients can get the medications they need
Gervais Harry | November 14, 2019
thank you very much. My current age is 80 years. I practised urology from 1974 until the year 2000, at which point I entered a family practice.. I began hormone restoration therapy in 2006, and continued as a family physician until December of 2014. through 2015 and 2016, I practised bioidentical hormone restoration therapy as a specialty and following 2 years of study, obtained the ABAARM degree from the American Academy of antiaging medicine in 2015. I currently practice part-time (2 half days weekly), at the stone tree naturopathic clinic in Collingwood, Ontario. My practice is restricted entirely to bioidentical hormone restoration, metabolic medicine and management of difficult cases of hypothyroidism. I spend perhaps 6 to 8 hours per week (a very conservative estimate), researching various esoterica for the benefit of my patients and so as to maintain my knowledge base with respect to metabolic medicine and the influence of thyroid hormone upon the progress of other diseases. I attend a weekly, one-hour case conference at my clinic, the staff of which includes 6 naturopaths, myself, another (Gynaecologistt) BIHRT specialist and an oncologist who has a naturopathic degree: the cases are often unusual and always informative. I do not often attend conferences, because of cost (my gross income is approximately 22,000 Canadian dollars per year), but in November 2019 I attended 2 days of the SNOMED international conference "EXPO" in: Kuala Lumpur, Oct-Nov 2019,
MARCELLO SCHMIDT | November 14, 2019
Has this started working already? I can only find the usual culprits when searching online for either Internal Medicine or Critical Care. Checked the ACCME website, and it says that the activities accredited for these American Boards will also count toward RC MOC. However, I could not find some programs I know are of excellent quality and that do count toward the ABIM MOC in the RC site.
Antonio Giulivi | November 14, 2019
Towards my end of career things are harder and harder to get into it enthusiastic with issues. Must be a way that we could stimulate Participation in current government affairs That help with health care
Peter MACLELLAN | November 13, 2019
On MAINPORT app on iPhone, instructions do not work for finding section 3 programs, as described in your email. Only works for entering completed program. There is no “CONTINUE” at the bottom of the screen.
Robert Lane | November 13, 2019
Why is the American College of Surgeons SESAP programme not eligible for section 3? It is one of the first of its kind and it is the American College of Surgeons of the United States and Canada.
Therese Boghossain | November 13, 2019
What do you recommend for general surgery. I’m having trouble getting section 3 credits.
joan tucker | November 13, 2019
what about Psychiatry??