9,000 ways to get Section 3 credits!

Royal College Staff
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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Avatar 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 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
Avatar 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 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
Avatar Gregory Allen | November 30, 2019
Nice concept, did not work. Course not listed despite multiple variations in Search criteria.
Avatar | December 19, 2019
Hi Dr. Allen, we’re sorry to hear that. Please contact cpd (at) royalcollege.ca and someone will help to resolve this. – Royal College Communications
Avatar 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.
Avatar | December 19, 2019
Hi Dr. Fisman, this was a new launch and we wanted to ensure our Fellows were aware. The goal of this project is to expand the number of activities that are eligible for Section 3 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits. In our last membership survey, many Fellows told us that finding Section 3 opportunities was difficult and a barrier to their continuing professional development. The new choices will help them to meet their requirement to claim at least 25 Section 3 Assessment credits during their MOC cycle. Please contact cpd (at) royalcollege.ca if you’d like to discuss a personalized learning plan or ways you can meaningfully engage in CPD/CME without increased financial burden (e.g. personal learning projects). There are also some Section 3 activities, available at no additional charge, that are listed on the “My eLearning” tab in MAINPORT ePortfoilo – Royal College Communications
Avatar Fabio Zanetti | November 18, 2019
Bravo ! ( finally). This will be very helpful for us in our CME.
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