A: The CPD requirements for Clinical Member status in our organization are not onerous. In fact, if you are a psychiatrist, most of the CPD you submit to the Royal College also counts as “Continuing Education” (CE) credits for MDPAC/GPPA (although you will have to resubmit them into our online tracking system).
The requirements for “Continuing Collegial Interaction” (CCI) may require more planning. This category of CPD encourages meeting with colleagues in small groups. Some of the activities that count towards this include: psychotherapy supervision (either as supervisor or supervisee); discussions with colleagues outside of regular work; peer discussion groups and journal clubs; peer assessments and volunteering on MDPAC committees. A limited number of hours can also be obtained by online discussion through our professional internet “Listserv” group. Volunteering for our organization (usually by teleconference meetings) is a great way to get to know other MDPAC members and to gain CCI credits. You’ll also feel that you’re actually doing something about the shortage of doctors who practice psychotherapy.