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Mainpro+ Tips: Conflict of Interest Disclosure – Why?

Members of the CFPC play a vital role in the development of Mainpro+ certified activities – e.g. as planning committee members, and in the delivery of a Mainpro+ certified activity as speakers, moderators and as participants.

Identifying and addressing potential conflicts of interest helps ensure proper balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor is applied to certified educational activities.

Why is conflict of interest disclosure for certified Mainpro+ offerings important?
We believe that for program participants to apply what they learn from certified programs to their practices with absolute assurance, the content must be presented in a balanced and unbiased fashion.

To minimize the potential for bias in learning that supports physicians in their multiple roles with patients, learners, and the health system, all members of planning committees and speakers are required to complete and submit a CFPC Mainpro+ Declaration of Conflict of Interest form, as part of the Mainpro+ certification process. Certified activities must be developed, delivered and evaluated in accordance to educational and ethical standards set out by the CFPC.

At the event, CME/CPD organizers and presenters must take steps that allow participants to make independent judgements on the relationships identified and management strategies employed to deal with any conflicts of interest.

This information MUST be presented to the audience using the CFPC’s 3-Slide COI Disclosure Policy:

  1. Speaker Disclosure,
  2. Commercial support disclosure, and
  3. Steps taken by the PC to mitigate any potential bias.

Speakers MUST verbally and visually review these slides, disclosing any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have, and allow sufficient time for the audience to read and comprehend the information being shared.

There must also be opportunity given for the audience to ask questions about the disclosure information should they arise.

Visit the CFPC’s Identification and Management of Conflicts of Interest and Transparency to Learners guide for more information.

Mainpro+ Tips: Linking to Committee Work

Claim Mainpro+ Credits for Your Planning Committee Work

Earn Non-Certified Mainpro+ Credits for Participating on a Committee

Did you know you can claim non-certified credits for your participation on a committee? You can count the time spent participating at committee meetings, and also the time spent on the work of the committee.

  1. Go to www.cfpc.ca/login
  2. Click on the large Mainpro+ logo on the centre of the screen to the right of the PROFILE box
  3. Click on ENTER A CPD ACTIVITYgreen button below your name (in the top left of the screen)
  4. Select the Category type and click on Self-Learning
  5. Click on Non-Certified
  6. Choose Committee participation from the drop-down menu
  7. Click on CONTINUE – green button the bottom right
  8. Fill out the form and click on submit at the bottom of the screen. Your form will be submitted for review

Earn Certified Mainpro+ Credits by Completing a Linking Learning to Administration Exercise

In addition to claiming non-certified credits for participation on a committee, you can also submit a Linking Learning to Administration exercise for certified credits. As Linking Learning exercises are based on what was learned from the activity, not the time spent, your participation on a committee or at a single meeting could possibly generate multiple questions or learning opportunities.

The exercise requires you to generate a question on information that you have acquired as a result of your participation on that committee.

  1. Go to www.cfpc.ca/login
  2. Click on the large Mainpro+ logo on the centre of the screen to the right of the PROFILE box
  3. Click on ENTER A CPD ACTIVITY – green button below your name ( in the top left of the screen
  4. Select the Category type and click on Self-Learning
  5. Click on Certified
  6. Click on Linking Learning to Administration

Mainpro+ Tips: Linking Assessment Activities

Claim Mainpro+ Credits for Your Review of Guidelines

Earn Non-Certified Credits

Did you know if you review guidelines, you can claim non-certified credits for them under the CFPC’s Mainpro+ Assessment category? You can claim up to one credit per one hour.

  1. Go to www.cfpc.ca/login
  2. Click on the large Mainpro+ logo on the centre of the screen to the right of the PROFILE box
  3. Click on ENTER A CPD ACTIVITYgreen button below your name (in the top left of the screen).
  4. Select the Category type and click on Assessment
  5. Click on Non-Certified
  6. Click on Other Certified Group Learning Activities
  7. Click on CONTINUE (green button the bottom right)
  8. Fill out the form and click on submit at the bottom of the screen. Your form will be submitted for review.

Earn Certified Credits by Completing a Linking Learning to Assessment

Did you know if you review guidelines, you can earn certified credits by completing a Linking Learning exercise. Linking Learning Exercises involve an approach to answering questions through information appraisal and integration, rather than information acquisition.

The form will help you to identify a question, and then guide you through a series of critical inquiry and practice reflection exercises on your way to answering the question. Each completed exercise earns five (5) Mainpro+ certified credits.

  1. Go to www.cfpc.ca/login
  2. Click on the large Mainpro+ logo on the centre of the screen to the right of the PROFILE box
  3. Click on ENTER A CPD ACTIVITYgreen button below your name (in the top left of the screen)
  4. Select the Category type and click on Self-Learning
  5. Click on Certified
  6. Click on Linking Learning to Assessment
  7. Fill out the form and click on submit