The CPDP is a
Continuing Medical Education program developed by the Royal College of Pathologists
of Australasia (RCPA). After negotiating with the RCPA, the CMOA is now able to
offer this log-book style program to
members of the CMOA both in electronic and manual forms. Below, we have a copy of the
RCPA's own introductory information (? original) about the CPDP.
College of Pathologists of Australasia
Continuing Professional Development
A Board of Education
Development of the CPDP
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia's
(RCPA), Continuing Professional Development Programme (CPDP) was officially
launched in September 1996 and made available to Fellows in January 1997. The
Programme is based on self-directed learning through the documentation of
educational activities in a Learning Diary.
The CPDP is an innovative
development of continuing medical education in Australia. The Programme has
taken as its starting point, the continuing education model MOCOMP, developed by
the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
At the heart of
the CPDP is the principle that new learning is most relevant for the
professional if the acquisition of new knowledge, skills or attitudes enhances
his or her ability to solve problems in the workplace. The stimulus for this
learning lies in the challenges of everyday practice. This approach recognises
and emphasises the individual nature of the learning interests and needs of the
The learning Diary, ie. CPDP Diary is available in 2
formats - electronic and paper. The electronic Diary is available for use on a
Windows or Apple Macintosh operating system.
Who can participate in CPDP?
The Programme is open for RCPA Fellows, Affiliates and
trainees. The Programme is currently voluntary with over 800 College Fellows,
Affiliates and Trainees registered. This represents one third of the College's
Fellowship. The RCPA is presently undertaking an active marketing campaign to
encourage all College members to participate.
Evaluation of the CPDP
Since its launch in 1996 the College has reviewed the
content and structure of the Diary and a second version of the Diary has been
produced which was distributed to participants in late 1998. The latest version
(Version 2, Release 2) of the Electronic Diary is to be distributed by the
beginning of June 2000.
Key Features of the Electronic Diary
The second version of the electronic Diary is presented
in a streamlined user-friendly format with the following key features
incorporated in the Diary:
· Ease in navigating the Diary- use of short
· Easy and simple to use
· Flexible - Diary may be installed
on 2 computers eg. home and work
· Minimal text entry
· Use of drop down
· Search facility
· Report generation
· Ease in transferring data
between Version 2 and the latest version as well as between 2 computers
· Automatic installation facility
· Inclusion of a
· Electronic submission of entries to the College via disk
· Dual Fellows (RCPA/RACP) are able to generate a MOPS
Interested in participating in CPDP?
If you would like to participate in the
CPDP, please contact Ilse Wagner, Assistant Coordinator Education & Quality,
at the College for a registration form. Alternatively, you may register on-line
you would like to discuss the Programme please speak with Ilse Wagner at the
College. Ilse's contact details are:
Line: 61 2 8356 5825 Fax: 61 2 8356 5828 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org