Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the ongoing maintenance and growth of the knowledge and skills required for a professional to remain competent in his or her occupation for the benefit of that professional, the patient and the public.
By including patients and the public in that definition it is clear that it needs to be considered as part of duty of care of the medical physicist and biomedical engineer, i.e., his commitment to ensure that the clinical treatments he is actively involved in and responsible for meet the required standards and criteria. This is true for all specialty areas of medical physics and biomedical engineering. As such, many members of the ACPSEM already undertake many activities that agree with the above definition of CPD. The goal of the CPD program presented here is to formalise participation in these activities and provide an environment to log and review them, with the following objectives:
The CPD program has been set up in such a way that the minimum credits (activities) per annum is intended to be easily obtainable for all participants, regardless of the specialist area they work in, whether they work in a city based institution or in a rural setting, whether they are private or public employed, and so on. To meet its goals, the CPD program is intended to be uncomplicated, inexpensive and cost minimal amount of in time for the individual participant.
ACPSEM CPD Endorsement
Providers of course may apply for CPD Endorsement by the ACPSEM. The ACPSEM rewards high quality courses, activities and events who are approved for endorsement with a higher rate of CPD point accrual compared to other non-endorsed events. Endorsed providers will also be provided official endorsement notification for public display and notification to the ACPSEM membership via our website.