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The CMOA became aware of the Continuing Professional Development Programme (CPDP) run by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) following a presentation by Brooke Murphy at the Educational Conference held at the Novotel Hotel, Brighton-le-Sands in February 1998. Many CMOs present thought that the program, developed by the RCPA for its own members, was particularly suitable for CMOs.
In essence the CPDP is an electronic Continuing Medical Education (CME) program that allows the person themselves to decide what is suitable education and how best to organise this. The underlying premise being that a reflective physician - one who contemplates their own practice, the problems, skills and knowledge involved - is the one who is best suited to direct their own professional development.
Following negotiations with the RCPA, this programme is now available to our members and ASCMO's Committee strongly recommends this as suitable evidence of CME for all CMOs. The RCPA has been very supportive in making this second version of the CPDP available to CMOs.
A final note: All medical practitioners must be involved in some form of continuing medical education - whether this is from an external source such as the MOPS (Maintenance of Professional Standards) schemes or generated wholly by the practitioners themselves.
It is a fact that CME is now expected to be undertaken and there needs to be proof of this for hospitals, educational institutions and increasingly, the general public. Your representatives on ASCMO's committee have looked long and hard at CME and believe that this programme is an excellent investment for the Association and its members. Please fill in the application and send off to the RCPA at the address printed on the form.
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