Canadian Cardiovascular Society

About Continuing Professional Development

Continuing professional development (CPD) and serving as a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) accredited CPD provider are key activities of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS). Together, these activities directly support the missions of the CCS and the CPD Committee. Accredited programs are an integral part of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and underpin the commitment to sustaining the highest standards of education in specialty medicine.

CPD Committee Mission:

To improve patient care and strengthen the clinical practice of cardiovascular health care professionals by enhancing their knowledge, skills, and competency through effective, needs-based continuing professional development initiatives and interventions that deliver quality education on the current guidelines, research, and best practices.

CPD Committee Vision:

National leadership in improving cardiovascular health outcomes, through research, guidelines, and innovative continuing professional education.

CPD Committee Values:

As CPD leaders, the CCS is committed to the following core values:

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Research
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Guidelines
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Professionalism

CPD Committee:

  • Dr. Andrew Moeller 
  • Dr. Anil Gupta (CPD Chair) 
  • Dr. Aws Almufleh 
  • Dr. Chi-Ming Chow (Past Chair) 
  • Dr. David Bewick 
  • Dr. Jonathon Gabor 
  • Dr. Jonathan Windram 
  • Dr. Kiera Liblik (Trainee Representative) 
  • Dr. Laura Banks 
  • Dr. Lisa Mielniczuk 
  • Dr. Nadine Gauthier 
  • Dr. Osama Elkhateeb 
  • Dr. Phyllis Billia 
  • Dr. Stephanie Poon 
Dr. Anil Gupta

CPD Committee’s Aims and Goals:

The CCS will continue to strengthen its role as a leader in knowledge translation by aggregating and disseminating leading-edge research and providing needs-based educational opportunities. As such, the CPD Committee will:

  • Serve the medical community in an ethical and responsible manner by accrediting and disseminating unbiased and objective cardiovascular programs.
  • Ensure that all CCS educational programs meet the highest standards for CPD development and are consistent with the educational needs of our community.
  • Follow the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for accreditation standards and align with the Canadian Medical Association’s Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry as the primary principles for the development of all CPD programs.
  • Offer CPD via new and/or innovative methods (e.g. e-learning).
  • Increase exposure of Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) and guidelines and position statements.
  • Collaborate on the dissemination of CCS guidelines by enabling opportunities for education.
  • Quantify the impact of CCS initiatives on clinical practice and continue to track health outcomes.

“It is often asked why continuing professional development (CPD) is important and why it matters. CPD is important because it ensures we continue to be competent in our own profession. It is an ongoing process and continues throughout our professional career. Well-crafted and engaging CPD is important because it delivers benefits to individuals, our profession, and ultimately safeguards the public. 

Canadian Cardiovascular Society makes tremendous efforts to offer various in-person and online learning activities to enhance our commitment to personal learning and ongoing professional development. I hope you will benefit from the courses listed on the website, which consist of opportunities for both Section 1 and Section 3 credits. Please check back regularly for updates and new events.”

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow MD CM MSc FRCPC FCCS

Past Chair, Continuing Professional Development Committee

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