CPD Program

The ACEM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program aims to be simple, flexible and responsive to the individual needs of participants practising in different contexts and locations and at different stages of their professional pathway.
All Fellows and Non-Fellow Participants progress through the same three-year cycle (2015 - 2017, 2018 - 2020 etc.). New Fellows and Non-Fellows entering the CPD program after the cycle has commenced will be expected to complete a pro-rata cycle requirement. All CPD activities except Procedural Skills, are accrued in hours, with 50 hours being the annual minimum for ACEM CPD compliance.
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CPD Program - Annual Requirements


CPD Program Requirements

There are both annual and cycle minimum requirements in the revised CPD Program. These are described in the table below:

  CPD Activities Procedural Skills
Annual CPD requirements 50 hours

For doctors registered in New Zealand:
  • 1 Audit of Medical Practice
  • 10 hours of Peer Review
  • 20 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME)
3 core skills by performance, teaching or supervision:
  • 1 Airway skill
  • 1 Breathing skill
  • 1 Circulation skill
Cycle CPD requirements
  • All annual requirements
  • 30 hours in Quality Enhancement
  • 30 hours in 2 of:
    • Self-directed Learning,
    • Group Learning,
    • Teaching, Research & Educational Development
  • All annual requirements
  • 3 core skills by performance:
    • 1 Airway skill
    • 1 Breathing skill
    • 1 Circulation skill
  • 10 unique Scope of Practice skills by performance, teaching or supervision.

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CPD Categories: At a glance

There are four CPD categories and a separate Procedural Skills component. The categories are:
  1. Group Learning
  2. Self-directed Learning
  3. Quality Enhancement.
  4. Teaching, Research and Educational Development.
See the CPD Program Activities List or read the in-depth descriptions provided below.

Procedural Skills are grouped into Core and Scope of Practice:
  • Core skills:
    • Airway
    • Breathing
    • Circulation
  • Scope of Practice skills.
Procedural Skills are considered central to the practice of Emergency Medicine, thus both annual and cycle minimums are required. Read more: CPD Program Procedural Skills List.

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CPD Categories: in Depth

Self Directed Learning

Educational activities in this category are those which are conducted individually or are self-managed to extend a Fellow's practice in Emergency Medicine. A number of example activities are pre-populated in the CPD Online platform including learning projects, online educational activities, journal reading, literature reviews and sabbaticals. Read more: CPD Program Activities List

Group Learning

These activities are undertaken in company with other learners to enhance practice in Emergency Medicine. Examples of group learning CPD include workshops, meetings, journal clubs, grand rounds / lectures and participating in online discussions in social media, forums etc. Read more: CPD Program Activities List

Quality Enhancement

Activities in this category are undertaken with the aim of reviewing and improving practice in Emergency Medicine, within an individual, workplace or wider context. A number of meeting types may be considered as quality enhancement as they ultimately improve systems, processes, procedures and patient care. Examples include morbidity and mortality rounds (M&Ms), workplace planning and review, and ACEM committees. In addition, peer reviews, Audit of Medical Practice, hospital accreditation visits and being assessed via a Workplace-Based Assessment are all considered to be quality enhancement activities. Read more: CPD Quality Enhancement activities

Note Doctors registered in New Zealand are required to complete ten hours in Peer Review along with an annual Audit of Medical Practice (AMP). Both activities are categorised as quality enhancement activity. For guidance and advice regarding this requirement, please refer to the MCNZ section of CPD Forms & Policies.

Teaching, Research and Educational Development

Activities in this category are related to education in Emergency Medicine. This includes a range of activities such as preparing grants, providing overseas aid work and teaching nurses, patients, trainees, teachers or other key groups. Workplace-based Assessment (WBA) Assessors, Director of Emergency Medicine Training (DEMTs), Clinical Supervisors and Examiners can count many of their ACEM duties towards their CPD. This is in recognition that ACEM roles extend the knowledge and skills of both the individual and the broader Emergency Medicine community. Read more: CPD Program Activities List.

Procedural Skills

The CPD Committee has undertaken an extensive review of the CPD procedural skills list to ensure this reflects current practice in Emergency Medicine. Over 80 Fellows and Non Fellow Participants trialled this revised list prior to its implementation. ACEM recognises that many Fellows take an active role in teaching or supervising ACEM trainees and other doctors working in Emergency Medicine. Therefore procedural skills may be performed, taught or supervised. Read more: CPD Program Procedural Skills List.

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MCNZ requirements

All doctors registered to practice in New Zealand have a number of recertification requirements in place by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). The ACEM CPD Program is aligned with annual requirements for doctors with Vocational Scope of Practice, being:

  • 1 Audit of Medical Practice (AMP)
  • 10 hours of Peer Review
  • 20 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME).

To assist you in meeting these requirements, all three MCNZ requirements have set targets within the ACEM CPD Program. You have the ability to easily monitor progress against these MCNZ requirements. The ACEM CPD certificates can also be used as evidence to the MCNZ that you are meeting the Recertification requirements for someone with Vocational Scope of Practice.
A number of CPD record documents have been created by the CPD Committee and CPD Unit, and can be found within the CPD Policies and Forms area of the website.

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Feedback and Communication with members

Fellows and Non-Fellow Participants are encouraged to contact the CPD unit to offer suggestions and to provide feedback about the ACEM CPD Program. The redevelopment of the program in 2014 was informed by a needs assessment as well as ongoing feedback from our members. The CPD Committee has worked with ACEM governance to test the revised and expanded Procedural Skills list to ensure this reflects current practice and covers the broad scope of practice of emergency medicine.

Stay informed with regular updates about news, information and events associated with CPD, on the CPD Updates page, the weekly Bulletin and other ACEM publications.

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