MOC 101: Personal Learning Projects
A personal learning project (PLP) is a self-initiated learning activity that is stimulated by a question, issue or dilemma in your professional practice. PLPs are one of the most versatile forms of continuing professional development. In fact, you are likely already engaging in them!
PLPs can be created based on
- updating your knowledge to prepare a presentation,
- further research after reading a journal article or participating in a point-of-care activity,
- inspiration from any aspect of your professional practice (e.g. CanMEDS Roles).
PLPs are flexible and adaptable within any learning context.
Steps to a personal learning project
There are six basic steps to a PLP:
1. Identify a practice issue or learning you would like to pursue.
2. Frame your issue into a question, problem statement or objective.
3. Develop an action plan.
4. Seek out and review materials, resources, data.
5. Reflect on the outcomes of your learning and impacts/implications for your practice.
6. Record your work in MAINPORT ePortfolio.
Shahid Ahmed, MD, FRCPC, goes through these steps with an example from his practice in his MOC Tip: Complete a Personal Learning Project in 6 simple steps
Reporting personal learning projects in MAINPORT ePortfolio
Where to record
PLPs are reported under Section 2: Personal Learning Project for 2 credits per hour.
Subtypes for personal learning projects
When reporting a PLP in MAINPORT ePortfolio, you must select a sub-type from the drop-down menu:
- Address clinical or academic questions
- Preparation for formal teaching activities
- Development of research activities
- Address medical-professional administrative or systems related questions/issues
- Other—Please describe the type of PLP
These subtypes clarify the reason behind the creation of your learning plan. The Royal College uses this information to better understand how Fellows are using PLPs, so that we can make future improvements to the MOC framework.
If you have more questions or desire personalized support, please contact the Royal College Services Centre: 1-800-461-9598 or firstname.lastname@example.org