Summer 2018 (Volume 28, Number 2)
CRA Survey Results: Education and CPD
Continuing professional development (CPD) is an
important part of being a rheumatologist. CPD activities
help keep rheumatologists up to date with
the latest developments and advances in the field. For the
summer 2018 issue of the CRAJ, the CRA Education and
ASM Program Committees teamed up to conduct a survey
about members' CPD activities.
More than a third of the survey respondents indicated
that the role the CRA plays in their CPD activities was significant,
with another 39% answering the role was modest.
According to members, the top 5 CPD activities for Sections
1 and 2 were national/international meetings, journal
articles, grand rounds, journal clubs, UptoDate, and
regional/local meetings (Chart 1). With regard to Section
3 credits, the top-rated activities were university-related,
self-developed, CRA-related, or related to the Royal College
or provincial colleges (Chart 2).
When asked about their top priority areas for medical
expert CPDs, the most popular response was new treatments,
followed closely by new drugs or new applications of
existing drugs (Chart 3). Concerning non-medical expert
CPDs, the highest-rated priorities were quality care and patient
safety (Chart 4). Fifty-six percent of participants rated
health economics and health policy as a second priority.
Finally, when queried about how the CRA could further
assist with CPD requirements, members noted that advice
and options for Section 3 credits would be of great help.
Indeed, the CRA Education Committee Chair (Dr. Raheem
Kherani) has recently co-authored a series of articles for
CRAJ (CPD for the Busy Rheumatologist) available at craj.ca.
The articles in the series are as follows:
The CRA Education and ASM Program Committees work
closely throughout the year to incorporate the recommendations
and needs of the CRA membership into ongoing
programming and the ASM, which will be hosted in Montreal
in February 2019. For any additional feedback or
comments on CPD, you may contact Claire McGowan at