Criteria for Approval of Section 1 Events Planned by Physician Organizations
- NEW - The deadline for eliminating the practice of tagging comes into effect on Jul. 1, 2012. Tagging is defined as “the linking or alignment of a sponsor’s name to a specific educational session within an accredited group learning activity.” All MOC program-accredited activities must adhere to the no-tagging policy.
- A planning committee represented by members of the target audience must be in place. To ensure the program is appropriately targeted to psychiatry, a minimum of two psychiatrists must be members of the planning committee.
- The planning committee must identify the learning needs of the target audience, develop learning objectives based on these identified learning needs and circulate them to the target audience in advance of the activity. Learning objectives describe what the participants will learn or achieve by the end of the activity, and they are not the same as conference or program objectives.
- At least 25% of the activity's time must be allotted to interaction with the audience (e.g., formal discussion periods, small-group learning).
- The activity must include an evaluation form that meets Royal College criteria (see Part 4, Criterion 4 in the application).
Responsibilities of the Physician OrganizationPhysician organizations must ensure that they:
- Keep attendance records that can be retrieved at any time in the event of an audit by the RCPSC (for a period of five years).
- Issue registration receipts and certificates of attendance to participants.
How to ApplySend the following documents at least six weeks in advance of the scheduled presentation date.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted, and applications received fewer than six weeks prior to the start date of an activity carry a late application charge.
The CPA will make every effort to review applications in a timely fashion, but cannot guarantee that applications received fewer than six weeks in advance will be approved in time.
- A draft program brochure that features the program agenda (including interactivity time), learning objectives (see the Writing Learning Objectives article for guidelines), the planning committee members’ names and credentials, the name(s) and logo(s) of the sponsoring physician organization(s).
- A program evaluation form.
- A cheque for the application fee. Please note that payment of this fee does not guarantee application approval.
- A copy of the correspondence between the planning committee and the speaker(s), as well as any planning committee minutes or discussion summaries.
- Documentation related to Part 5: Ethical Standards. Note that all questions in Part 5 must be answered and appropriate documentation/explanation provided regardless of whether the event in question is benefiting from commercial support.
- A complete budget for the event (will be held in strict confidence).