The Maintenance of Competence Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

John T. Parboosingh, MB, ChB, FRCSC; S. Tunde Gondocz, MSc
JAMA. 1993;270(9):1093. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510090077016.
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THE GOAL of the Maintenance of Competence (MOCOMP) Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) is to motivate specialists to take a curriculum approach to managing their continuing medical education (CME). In Canada, "specialist" applies to all physicians who are certified fellows of the RCPSC. Of the 54 medical specialty societies in Canada, 10 are participating in the MOCOMP project and another five are negotiating participation. The MOCOMP is completing the second year of its pilot phase; on September 13, we should address all 54 specialty societies and hope that they, too, will join the program.

In the MOCOMP Program, individual specialists set up a personal CME curriculum that includes an objective assessment of their practice needs, use of self-directed (eg, journal reading, literature retrieval) and group CME resources (eg, rounds, conferences) selected on the basis of a credit system that rewards participation in practice-based


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The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
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