Free Online Programs for Healthcare Professionals Now Available Through Innovative Collaboration

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 General News
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OTTAWA, April 11, 2018 /CNW/ - An exciting new pilot collaboration is providing additional accredited online programs to

Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and MOC MAINPORT ePortfolio users.

This innovative pilot collaboration with the mdBriefCase Group will see two new self-assessment programs

offered free of charge to Royal College Fellows and MOC MAINPORT ePortfolio users on the topics of CanMEDS and Research Ethics. Both are available online as of today. Other healthcare professionals in Canada and abroad will be able to access the programs at a cost of $65 CAD.

Developed by leading specialists and peer-reviewed by experts in the field, these programs offer unique learning opportunities in English and French, combined with the flexibility and convenience of online delivery.

The program on the Royal College's CanMEDS Framework will use case-based scenarios to help physicians and surgeons enhance their abilities within seven primary roles essential to quality patient care: communicator, collaborator, leader, health advocate, scholar, professional, and medical expert.

"The world of medicine is always changing. We want to serve specialists by giving them tools and resources they need to adapt and thrive in their work," said Dr. Andrew Padmos, Royal College CEO. "Providing better patient care isn't just about improving technical skills – I'm pleased MOC users have the opportunity to refresh their intrinsic roles with the CanMEDS online program."

The Research Ethics program aims to help protect participants in clinical research trials by educating health care providers about established research ethics principles. Program participants will explore the importance of research ethics principles as illustrated through historical cases. One such case centres on a University of Saskatchewan student who suffered a cardiac arrest during the trial of a new anesthetic drug. The researchers failed to disclose that the hazards of this drug were largely unknown.

"There is a fundamental obligation — at a time of ever-expanding complexity in medical research — to do everything possible to respect the rights of human research participants and protect them from harm of any kind," said Dr. Andrew Padmos, Royal College CEO. "This program will cover the material that every scientist should know."

"If you're a Royal College Fellow or an MOC MAINPORT ePortfolio user, these online programs have been built with you in mind," added Kirk Fergusson, Managing Director (Canada and Corporate Services) of the mdBriefCase Group. "Our program features interactive expert videos, interesting case challenges, and knowledge assessment questions designed to really enhance the overall learning experience."

Healthcare professionals can register for these new offerings on the mdBriefCase website,

About the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national, not-for-profit organization that oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada by setting high standards for postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development. In collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, the Royal College also plays a role in developing sound health policy in Canada.

About mdBriefCase GroupmdBriefCase Group specializes in accredited, online continuing professional development (CPD) programs, custom tailored for specific international markets and available on a convenient online platform. All content is developed by leading specialists and peer-reviewed by experts at respected institutions, which keeps more than 170,000 global healthcare professionals at the forefront of the latest evidence and protocols worldwide.

SOURCE mdBriefCase Group Inc.

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