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Lifelong Learning T he development of medical knowledge and skills doesn’t come to a standstill on the day that doctors are registered to practice medicine. We expect the profession to embrace lifelong learning by participating in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and, in a number of ways, the College can assist. We are in the unique position of knowing some of the areas in which physicians need help. Whether you’re a physician who’s received feedback about an area requiring improvement or you’ve self-identified a part of your practice you’d like to develop, we’ve compiled a selection of CPD and practice improvement resources to support your learning across all CanMEDS roles. In fact, since July 2011, physicians have been required by regulation to participate in CPD that meets the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). More information, including how to sign up with an approved CPD tracking organization, is available online under Continuing Professional Development. As well, the College’s quality improvement assessment programs play an important role in helping doctors to ensure health care is delivered to Ontario patients at the highest standards. Our physician and facility assessment programs have reviewed more than 10,000 physicians during the past 30 years, and have precipitated improvements to individual behaviours and practices. Our facility standards also assist doctors every day in their practices, and our commitment to work with external agencies (such as provincial and national specialty organizations) will lead to a more systematic and structured approach to the measurement and improvement of clinical practice in the province. CPSO Assessments: • Peer Assessment • Methadone Program • Out-of-Hospital Premises Inspection Program • Independent Health Facilities Future opportunities include our continued work with the national specialty colleges to facilitate effective CPD for physicians, as well as collaboration with other stakeholders as we increase the number of assessment and educational interactions that we have with Ontario’s physicians. Welcome to the College – May 2016 19