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Frequently Asked Questions

The ten most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about applying for accredited programming, affiliated with the CEPD Office at NOSM

SPECIAL FAQ Re Entering Mainpro+ Credits on the CFPC Mainpro+ Platform: (Please see PDF with Screenshots of the Process):

1.      Members should log into their CFPC Member account

2.      Select “Access your Mainpro+ Account and CPD Summary

3.      Click on “Enter a CPD Activity”

4.      Select appropriate activity category (Group Learning, Self-Learning, or Assessment

5.      Select “Certified”

6.      From the drop-down menu select “Other Certified (Group Learning/Self-Learning/Assessment) Activities”

7.      Select the delivery format

8.      Click “Continue”

9.      Complete the online form and impact assessment

10.    Click “Submit


  1. How does the CEPD Office identify and address the needs of generalists, specialists and other health professionals? 
    • Faculty Development Planning Committees (UME – Undergraduate Medical Education, PGE – Postgraduate Medical Education, IPE – Inter-Professional Education, HSc – Healthsciences). 
    • Needs assessment surveys and focus groups. 
    • Program Planning Committees. 


2. Describe all CME and Faculty Development initiatives, over the past two years. 

  • CEPD worked collaboratively with UME and PGE to develop the NOSM Faculty Development Program. 
  • Annual program evaluations are employed for the purpose of identifying and implementing continuous improvements to all programming. 
  • A comprehensive needs assessment survey is conducted annually. Collated results are used as guidelines for program planning committees to develop relevant programs based on participants’ needs. 
  • Unperceived needs assessment information is derived from government and health-care organization reports and data, current medical literature, and other relevant sources of information. 


3. How does the CEPD Office maintain and store the records of physician participation in CME / CPD events? 

  • The CEPD office has developed a database for the purpose of housing all records of faculty and non-faculty participation at CEPD events. 
  • The database tracks registration and issues certificates of attendance. 
  • The database also generates cumulative transcripts for participants, as requested. 


4. How does the CEPD Office handle requests for the assignment of study credit?  

  • The requesting organization / unit submits an electronic application. 
  • The CEPD Coordinator, in collaboration with the CEPD Accreditation Coordinator ensures that all required documents and fields of information have been included in the application. 
  • The CEPD Accreditation Coordinator reviews the application to ensure that all required documents have been included and works collaboratively with the CEPD Coordinator to revise or modify the application to ensure completion and compliance to accreditation standards. 
    reviews for conflict of interest and content of the application. 
  • The CEPD CME  Medical Director and medical advisors review the content of the application and complete ethical reviews as necessary. 
  • Once content has been reviewed feedback is provided to the Program Director and applicant. 
  • Reviewers either approve content or request modification. 
  • The Accreditation Coordinator CEPD seeks interpretation from either the RCPSC or CFPC if required. 
  • Any necessary changes to content or documents supporting the application must be made prior to receiving CME credit approval. 
  • Once approved, the Program Director and applicant requesting organization receives a letter from the CEPD Director indicating that the program has been approved for CME credit. 
  • CME credits are assigned based on the number of hours of academic study. 


5. Is there a formal committee structure? 

  • Yes, the CEPD Advisory Committee is the formal approving committee. 


6. What quality control mechanisms are in place? 

  • The CEPD Office is involved in aspects of planning and program approval and has the right to visit any accredited/certified event to ensure compliance. 
  • The CEPD Office works with the Equity and Quality Improvement Unit at NOSM, to ensure quality control. 


7. How does the CEPD Office approach the solicitation of funds from industry? How does it ensure that programming is not affected by industry or a sponsor’s attempt to influence content? 

  • CEPD has adopted the Innovative Medicines Canada Protocol
  • Industry can only offer unrestricted grants. 
  • Industry cannot be involved in any aspect of planning, delivering or evaluating the sessions. 
  • Industry cannot select topics or speakers.  
  • Industry may not be present during the delivery of the accredited/certified portion of the presentation. 
  • The specific relationship between the CEPD provider and industry is carefully studied and monitored throughout the program approval process. 


8. How does the CEPD Office ensure that faculty members disclose (to the CEPD Office, and to participants) any links to sponsors, products or other sources of bias that might influence the program’s objectivity? 

  • All speakers must sign a declaration of Conflict of Interestt form, which details the requirement to disclose bias at the beginning of their presentation.   
  • Presenters are required to review and sign the speaker contract  form prior to the presentation.   
  • The speaker contract form includes a series of questions based on the CFPC and RCPSC requirements, which help the presenter to identify potential bias. 


9. How are participants made aware of individual faculty members’ potential conflict of interest? 

  • Presenters of all CEPD approved events are required to declare any potential conflict of interest at the beginning of their presentation. 


10. How do the CEPD office and the program committees evaluate whether or not commercial bias was present in a program? 

  • All evaluations ask participants whether or not they felt that the course had undue commercial influence.  
  • Indication would be apparent to the planning committee and the CEPD Office from feedback provided by either the speaker or the evaluation forms. 


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