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As one of Canada’s largest providers of CPD credits, the CMPA addresses the educational needs of physicians and assists them in providing safe medical care throughout the continuum of their careers. We provide practice improvement solutions for physicians in practice, physicians in training, faculty, healthcare teams, and clinical leaders.

Requests must be submitted at least 3 months in advance of the planned session, and must be sponsored by a CMPA member. A minimum of 12 CMPA member attendees is required for all sessions.

Education sessions are available for the following physician groups.

Physicians in practice – learning at annual meetings, conferences, review courses, practice groups

Education sessions for physicians in practice promote safe and reliable patient care, and medical-legal risk management. Sessions are delivered as 60-90 minute interactive lectures, or as modules incorporating an assessment activity, a 3-hour interactive workshop, and a reinforcement-of-learning activity. Sessions may be adapted for plenaries.

The sessions are intended for groups of 12 CMPA member attendees or more and may include interprofessional members.

Module 1: Acing patient-centred communication
Patient-centred care promotes safe medical care and enhances patient-provider relationships. Participants in this module will learn skills and behaviours to support patient-provider partnerships, leading to better informed decisions and choices. Topics include patient-centred communication, shared decision-making, informed consent, informed discharge, documentation and approaches to dealing with difficult clinical encounters.

Module 2: Collaboration- Beyond teamwork
Healthcare teams that function well are associated with better clinical outcomes, greater patient satisfaction and more professional fulfillment for healthcare providers. In this module, participants will learn how the promotion of a speaking up culture, the effective delegation of tasks, structured transfers of care and a clear understanding of liability and accountability can optimize team functioning and lead to safe medical care.

Module 3: Bullet-proof your diagnosis
Arriving at the correct diagnosis in a timely manner is sometimes challenging. Individual, team and system factors all influence diagnostic accuracy and reliability. This module teaches participants to consider how they and others think, how they interact with others and how systems and processes of care can enhance or compromise the delivery of safe medical care.

Module 4: Disclosure and resilience following an adverse event
All physicians are faced with the inherent fallibility of healthcare delivery. This module emphasizes the importance of resilience in achieving lifelong best professional performance for the provision of high quality care. Participants in this session will learn the process of disclosing an adverse event and the role of a Just Culture in the promotion of safe medical care.

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Physicians in training – learning for residents and fellows

These education sessions are intended for residents and fellows training in Canada. The sessions address fundamental medical-legal topics and promote principles of safe and reliable care, as presented in the CMPA Good Practices Guide.

The content of each core module is aligned with specific CanMEDS key and enabling competencies, and can support competency-based medical education initiatives within individual residency programs.

  • The themed modules are designed to be delivered in the academic half-day environment and can be delivered in 1 to 1.5 hours (multiple modules may be selected for longer sessions);
  • The sessions are intended for groups of 12 CMPA member attendees or more (residents from other programs may be invited to achieve the minimum number of participants).

Good Practices I: Informed consent
By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Outline the standards for informed consent
  • Conduct a simulated consent discussion
  • Document a consent discussion effectively

Good Practices II: Practical tips for improving your documentation
By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe several “best practices” with regard to documentation
  • Identify at least 1 area for improvement in medical record-keeping

Good Practices III: Effective teamwork: Delegation, supervision and team communication
By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of trainees and supervisors
  • Practise 2 strategies for critical communication

Good Practices IV: Disclosing patient safety incidents
By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to prepare for disclosing a harmful patient safety incident
  • Conduct a simulated disclosure discussion

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Faculty development – learning for educators

Faculty development workshops help educators confidently teach patient safety issues to medical students and residents, using the CMPA Good Practices Guide. This interactive online guide includes lessons learned and exercises based on CMPA cases, with a focus on fundamental medical-legal principles of safe and reliable care.

Workshops are:

  • customized to the individual needs of participating faculty.
  • 2-3 hours in duration.
  • intended for groups of 12 CMPA member attendees or more (exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis).

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Physician Leaders – learning for current and aspiring academic, clinical and administrative leaders

These interactive workshops allow leaders to develop the attitudes and gain the knowledge and skills required to establish a workplace culture that promotes and prioritizes safe medical care. Senior hospital leaders, department and division leads, academic program directors, coordinators and aspiring leaders should attend these workshops.

  • Workshops 1, 2 and 3 can be delivered individually or in combination
  • Book all 4 modules for a full-day accredited event
  • The sessions are intended for groups of 12 CMPA member attendees or more

Workshop 1: Building reliable systems: The leader’s role (1 hour)
Given a goal of fostering and promoting the safety of medical care, the participant will be able to:

  • explain key elements of a framework for improvement
  • describe the role of the leader in supporting a learning system and a culture of continuous improvement

Workshop 2: Managing physician performance: The importance of natural justice (2 hours)
Given a disruptive behaviour situation, the participant will be able to:

  • explain how principles of natural justice contribute to reliable management
  • describe 2 dispute resolution methodologies

Using a mock conflict situation, the participant will be able to:

  • demonstrate effective use of interest-based resolution skills

Workshop 3: Building a culture of accountability (2 hours)
Given a culture of accountability framework the participant will be able to:

  • describe the 3 behaviours that threaten patient safety and appropriate management interventions
  • name the elements of accountability at the system and provider levels

Using a case study, the participant will:

  • apply an algorithmic approach to the establishment of provider accountability

Workshop 4: Building reliable systems: Putting learning into practice (1 hour)
(only available if you book all 4 workshops)
Given the material presented during the day, the participant will be able to:

  • explain how some of the content can be applied to their work environment
  • predict potential barriers to implementing the knowledge into practice
  • propose concrete steps to incorporate knowledge into practice and effect system-level impact

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For more information, please email education@cmpa.org