Updating our MOC Program

September 29, 2021 | Author: Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce

This article was updated on October 12 to clarify how to use the PDF assessment tool.

Dear colleagues.

Last fall, we started a multi-year project to update the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. We are integrating a new emphasis on quality improvement into our MOC Framework, and will be offering you new tools and resources to support you with this shift in focus.

Today, I am pleased to introduce the first of these new tools and to provide you with some background on why we are making these changes.

Responding to your calls for MOC relevance

The first phase of our upgrade introduces new guidance and resources on continuous quality improvement (CQI). A focus on improvement is timely, and reflects the desires of many of our Fellows and other key partners in advancing continuing professional development (CPD).

The COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, has revealed the importance of caregiver wellness. We see an opportunity to support you in meeting new and evolving regulatory expectations by personalizing the MOC Program to better capture your experiences, needs and scopes of practice.

Our work to advance CPD continues

This is only the first phase in our project. As part of this journey, we continue to host dialogue sessions across Canada with patients, Fellows and other members of the health care community to understand their future expectations for CPD and the MOC Framework. We will leverage these insights to offer you even more choice and flexibility in future years, including fresh content, an improved MAINPORT reporting platform and revised MOC Framework of activities.

We hope that as you experiment with our new offerings, you will find your MOC experience to be more relevant and workplace-based — in short, more connected to your practice context.

Please let us know what you think by emailing your comments to ceo@royalcollege.ca.

With gratitude,


Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, FRCSC, PhD, MBA, FACS
Chief Executive Officer


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