New agreement between the Royal College and the American College of Surgeons brings more choice in accredited continuous professional development activities to Fellows
Fellows and MOC Participants may now report 18 surgical accredited assessment activities for Section 3 credits
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) are pleased to announce a new collaboration that expands the diversity of Section 3 credits available to Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.
The Royal College and the ACS have long shared a commitment to advance professional practice and support lifelong learning that will achieve beneficial outcomes for patients and health systems. With this collaboration, 18 surgical accredited learning and assessment activities that meet the requirements of self-assessment programs (SAPs) have been added to the Royal College’s MAINPORT ePortfolio. (*Please see list below; courses are available in English only.)
The accredited activities are recognized through a credit recognition agreement signed on October 20, 2020, between the Royal College and the ACS. They are identified with a Royal College accreditation statement.
Impact to Fellows and MOC Participants
The credit recognition agreement officially began on November 1, 2020. It impacts Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants in the following way:
- Any eligible ACS activities that Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants completed on November 1, 2020, or afterward may be submitted for Section 3 MOC credit under Self-assessment Programs.
- Activities completed prior to November 1, 2020, must be submitted for Section 2 MOC credit under Personal Learning Projects.
Building on a long-standing relationship
“Our close, collaborative relationship with the ACS, which we truly value, has made it possible to deliver these high-quality educational opportunities to our membership. With this agreement, we’re meeting the needs of our Fellows and MOC Participants, and enabling them to deliver the best specialty care to patients in Canada and around the world.” — Dr. Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, FRCSC, FACS, Chief Executive Officer, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
“This collaboration between the Royal College and ACS will make available important ACS resources for surgeons, including Fellows of both colleges, and enhance the care they provide to their patients. Surgeons will be able to avail of high-quality ACS education programs that involve assessments and feedback, and receive appropriate credit for Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program. This collaboration will also bring the two colleges closer together in achieving major goals in surgical care and surgical education.” — Dr. David B. Hoyt, FACS, Executive Director, American College of Surgeons
- Royal College CPD providers: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Royal College Fellows: Please contact email@example.com
- ACS Members: Please contact CPDA@facs.org
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
613.730.8177 ext. 426
American College of Surgeons
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national professional association that oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada. We set high standards for postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development. We accredit the university programs that train resident physicians for their specialty practices and administer the examinations that residents must pass to become certified as specialists. In collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, we also play a role in developing sound health policy in Canada.
The American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.
* List of ACS courses in the agreement at the time of launch
(course content is available in English only)
- ACS Certificate in Applied Surgical Education Leadership (CASEL)
- ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course
- ACS Surgeons as Leaders
- Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)
- Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
- Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM)
- Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) Course
- Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) Workshop
- Clinical Congress – select Didactic and Experiential Courses, Panel Sessions, and Video-based Education Sessions
- Clinical Congress – all Surgical Skills Courses
- Exported Course on Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Neck Ultrasound
- ACS Case Reviews in Surgery
- Journal of the American College of Surgeons
- Improving Surgical Patient Outcomes and Minimizing Risks with Opioid-Sparing Pain Control
- Perioperative Pain Management in Opioid-Tolerant Patients (Patient Education Online Modules)
- Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS)
- Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP)
- SESAP 17 Advanced