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The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) designed this program to support the continuing professional development (CPD) of family physicians and family medicine learners in Canada. Mainpro+® lets family doctors and family medicine residents easily track and monitor their CPD participation, provides information and guidelines on standards related to CPD participation, and ensures the delivery of high-quality, ethical programming through a rigorous certification process.

Mainpro+ serves three key functions:

  1. To provide CPD participation guidelines and standards
  2. To help participants track their CPD participation conveniently
  3. To ensure the delivery of high-quality, ethical CPD programming through a rigorous peer-review certification process

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News & Updates

 

May 6, 2021
Annual Cycle Requirements

As a reminder the current cycle year runs from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. During this time all Mainpro+ participants must earn and report 25 credits in any combination of certified or non-certified activites. As a tip, you can report hours spent on non-certified activities such as journal reading, teaching, or research as a bulk entry. This means you can report your journal reading for a six-month time frame in a single entry.


March 23, 2021

Mainpro+ reminder: Cycle end date

June 30 marks the end date for all annual credit reporting cycles.  Please log in to your Mainpro+ account to ensure your credit reporting is up to date.


March 1, 2021
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Mainpro+ requirements


To maintain your CFPC membership or your Non-Member Mainpro+ Participant (NMMP) status, you must meet the following requirements:
 

Active physician members/NMMPs

Membership or Participation Type General Credit Requirements Certified Credit Requirements Non-Certified Credit Limitations
Active
Affiliate Specialist
Senior
Sustaining
NMMP
Submit a minimum of 250 credits in each five-year cycle.

Submit at least 25 credits each year (either certified or non-certified).
At least 125 of the 250 credits must be Mainpro+ certified. Up to 125 of the 250 credits may be non-certified.

Members with optional CPD participation

Membership or Participation Type General Credit Requirements
Resident
Retired
Access to the Mainpro+ system is available, but participation in the program is voluntary.

Non-physician members

Membership or Participation Type General Credit Requirements
Associate
Honorary
Public
Student
Access to the Mainpro+ system is not provided for or required of these members.
 

Credit categories

There are two credit categories:

  • Certified credits: Activities that are formally reviewed and approved by the CFPC as meeting standards for certified CPD provide certified credits.
  • Non-certified credits: Activities that are not formally reviewed but comply with the College’s definition of CPD, are non-promotional, and provide valuable professional learning opportunities can be used for non-certified credits.
Here are examples of activities based on whether they qualify for certified or non-certified credits and the relevant learning category:
Activity Categories Certified Activities
Mainpro+® participants must earn at least
125 certified credits during a reporting cycle.
Non-Certified Activities
All non-certified activities are eligible for one
non-certified credit per hour of participation.

Group Learning

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  • CFPC certified Mainpro+ Group Learning activities (e.g., conferences, medical rounds, interactive webinars, journal clubs)
  • Advanced Life Support programs (including ALARM)
  • Foundation for Medical Practice Education Practice Based Small Group (PBSG) Learning Program
  • Quebec Category 1 credits
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Maintenance of Certification Accredited Section 1 activity credits (maximum 50 credits per cycle*)
  • AAFP Elective credits
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Section 2 credits
  • Other (non-certified) educational conferences, medical rounds, webinars
  • Other (non-certified) small group activities

Industry-sponsored (e.g., pharmaceutical) meetings that do not bear the CFPC certification statement are not eligible for any type of Mainpro+ credits.

Self-Learning

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  • CFPC certified Mainpro+ Self-Learning activities
  • CFPC Self LearningTM Program
  • Canadian Family Physician (CFP) Mainpro+ articles
  • Formal studies/university degree
  • Linking Learning to Practice
  • Online CPD (e.g., InfoPOEMs, UpToDate)
  • Quebec Category 1 credits
  • Committee participation
  • Journal reading
  • Preparing for and presenting at conferences, speaking engagements, lectures
  • Preparing/submitting manuscripts for publication
  • Self-study using enduring materials (e.g., podcasts, monographs, videos, e-learning modules)
  • Teaching activities (clinical or academic)

Assessment

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  • CFPC accreditation surveyor
  • CFPC certified Mainpro+ Assessment activities
  • CFPC Examination of Added Competence in Emergency Medicine
  • Linking Learning to Assessment
  • Pearls™
  • Practice audits/quality assurance programs
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada MOC Accredited Section 3 activity credits (maximum of 50 credits per cycle*)
  • Quebec Category 1 credits
  • Medical examiner for certification exams
  • Family medicine curriculum review
  • Manuscript review for medical journals
  • Review of clinical practice guidelines
  • Review of learning materials

See the full list of activities that are eligible for Mainpro+ credits.

 

Mainpro+ remedial cycles

Over the years our members have told us the single most important question they have is:
 

What happens if I do not meet the requirements?


Any CFPC member or NMMP who does not meet the credit requirements of their five-year cycle will be placed in a two-year remedial cycle. During this time:
  • The use of all applicable CFPC Special Designations (e.g., CCFP, MCFP, FCFP, and CACs) will be suspended
  • Cycle and Special Designation status updates will be reported to the appropriate licensing body
  • All entries will require documentation (proof of participation or certificate of attendance) to be uploaded at the time of credit entry and are subject to review and approval by the CFPC
Any CFPC member or NMMP who is in a two-year remedial cycle is eligible for early completion status if they meet the cycle requirements within the first 12 months. Their CFPC Special Designations will be restored (if applicable) and their two-year remedial cycle will be converted into a regular five-year cycle. The cycle start date will remain the same and all the credits that were previously reported and approved will apply to the new five-year cycle.

For example: If your two-year remedial cycle began on July 1, 2020 (with an end date of June 30, 2022), and you were able to earn and report 50 certified credits and 50 non-certified credits by February 1, 2021, your new cycle would be:
  • Start date: July 1, 2020
  • End date: June 30, 2025
  • Cycle summary: 50 certified and 50 non-certified credits

Related resources

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