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As one of Canada’s largest providers of continuing professional development, the CMPA addresses the educational needs of physicians to help them improve their practices and to provide safe medical care through the continuum of their careers. We provide practice improvement education for physicians in practice, physicians in training, and physician leaders.

For your request to be considered, please ensure that:

  • request forms are submitted at least 6 months in advance of the planned session
  • the request is sponsored by a CMPA member
  • a minimum of 20 CMPA members attend the session

There is no cost to request a CMPA presenter to speak at your event; education sessions are a benefit to CMPA members. However, the requester is responsible for any costs associated with hosting their event (i.e. meeting room, catering, or audio-visual equipment).

To request an education session, select a physician group below, review the description of the session, and click the "Submit a request" link for the desired education session. 

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

Education sessions for physicians in practice promote safe and reliable patient care . Sessions are delivered as 60-90 minute interactive lectures, or a 3-hour interactive workshop. Sessions may be adapted for plenaries.

The sessions are intended for groups of 20 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 fostering situational awareness, promoting a speaking up culture, using effective delegation of tasks, and structured transfers of care can optimize team functioning and lead to safe medical care.

Module 3: Aiming for safer diagnostic processes
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. An additional 3 hour workshop on the follow up of investigations may be requested for those interested in improving this key process.

Module 4: Disclosure and resilience following an adverse event
Physicians and their teams 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

This program has been replaced by the one-day Resident Symposium for an increasing number of universities. The on-request sessions are only available in 2019 for sites where the Resident Symposium is not yet available.

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 20 CMPA member attendees or more (residents from other programs may be invited to achieve the minimum number of participants).

Good Practices I: Informed consent

Good Practices II: Practical tips for improving your documentation

Good Practices III: Effective teamwork: Delegation, supervision and team communication

Good Practices IV: Disclosing patient safety incidents

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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 workshops for a full-day accredited event
  • The sessions are intended for groups of 20 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 the 2 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: Natural justice and managing physician performance (2 hours)
Given a conflict situation, the participant will be able to:

  • explain the importance of 3 principles of natural justice to reliable management
  • describe 2 dispute resolution methodologies

Using a mock conflict situation, the participant will demonstrate effective use of interest-based resolution skills.

Workshop 3: 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

Workshop 4: Building reliable systems: Putting learning into practice (1 hour)
Given the material presented during the day, the participant will be able to:

  • explain how 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

NOTE: Workshop 4 is only available for the full day accredited event and must be facilitated by a local leader.

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