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Important changes to the RACS CPD Program in 2021
Important changes to the RACS CPD Program in 2021
Exciting changes are coming to RACS in 2021, with a new and personalised CPD Program and online Portfolio. The ‘CPD roadmap’ provides a high-level overview of the key changes for 2020/2021. The new interim program has now launched!
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New 2021 CPD microlearning activity
Access to your Member Profile and CPD online
As part of the One College Transformation program, RACS has updated the online member profile platform to improve your online experience. When you log in on or after February 8, 2021, you will see a few changes when you click on ‘My Details’ and ‘My CPD’.
Once you log in to your member profile, you will see an enhanced log in page. From here you will be able to update your;
- contact details
- Areas of Practice
- emergency contact information
When you click on ‘My CPD’ you can navigate to the new interim CPD system by clicking on ‘CPD 2021’ where you can:
- create your 2021 CPD Learning Plan
- submit an exemption request
- download your 2021 CPD statement (when available)
2020 CPD - Reminder
A reminder to add your CPD activities for 1 January to 31 December, 2020 into CPD Online by no later than 28 February 2021.
In recognition of the impact the 2020 year has had on so many of us, the following adjustments to CPD requirements have been made:
- Up to 10 points can be claimed for COVID activities in Category 2: Clinical Governance. This will meet the full requirement for this category in 2020.
- An additional 10 points can be claimed for General Activities in Category 3: Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. This increases the annual threshold to 30 points and recognises the significant reading and research activities many surgeons have undertaken this year.
- To assist in meeting the Category 4: Reflective Practice requirement, an online activity is now available
The revised RACS CPD Framework is scheduled for launch in July 2021.
Microlearning activities are bite sized, interactive learning opportunities, which are easily accessible via mobile phone, tablet or computer. They capture key messages and focus on the immediate information with links to gain a deeper understanding if required. These activities count towards Category 3 CPD points.
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All Fellows in active practice of any kind are required to participate in the CPD program.
The CPD team take exemptions and your personal circumstances seriously and will keep your information confidential.
Grounds for exemption may include:
- ill health
- family leave or other personal reasons
- other special circumstances
Fellows residing overseas are required to upload evidence of participation in either a program in the country in which they practice or comply with RACS requirements.
You can apply for an exemption through eHub. If you would like to further discuss exemptions, please contact the CPD team at +61 3 9249 1282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is reflective practice?
Reflective practice is the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning. In its simplest form it involves thinking about, or reflecting on, what you do. It is closely linked to the concept of learning from experience. Reflective practice requires a conscience effort to think about events, and develop insights into them. Reflective practice is a process by which you, pause and think about your practice, consciously analyse your decision making and draw on a theory to relate it to what you did (or didn't do) in practice.
Reflective practice in continuous learning includes:
- Learning plan – establishing your learning goals or gaps in knowledge. RACS offers an online learning plan, which can be found in your portfolio and once you have completed the reflective component, points will be automatically uploaded into your CPD Online without need for further verification
- Mentoring (being mentored or as a mentor) – A professional relationship where a mentor shares, knowledge, skills and perspective to develop the personal and professional growth of the mentee
- Surgical or clinical attachment to peer –Shadowing a more experienced colleague or peer during surgical procedures to enhance your own skills
- Cultural competency activities – there are eLearning activities to support you to meet this requirement.
- Intercultural Competency for Medical Specialists (members only; login required)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety eLearning courses
- NZ 'Foundations in Cultural Competence Course' Once registered, you can enrol in Foundations in Cultural Competence course
- RACS Reflective Practice Microlearning activity
CPD Program Guide
The CPD Program Guide (PDF 706.18KB) is a valuable resource for Fellows. The guide defines program requirements by practice types, details the range of activities available for Fellows to achieve their annual requirements, and includes frequently asked questions.