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Participation in continuing professional development – Medical Board Requirements

A reminder to all junior doctors that is is now a requirement of registration to record your participation in continuing professional developement. This includes a very wide range of activities that you almost certainly partake in on a regular basis. All tutorials, workshops, on-line learning, journal reading and journal clubs, audits, research, publications, etc are included. The Medical Board has a standard posted on their website. A summary is included below.

Remember that you may be audited by the Medical Board and have to keep records for at least three years.

Participation in continuing professional development

All registered medical practitioners (excludes doctors with non-practising registration) are required to participate regularly in continuing professional development (CPD) that is relevant to their scope of practice.

CPD must include a range of activities to meet your individual learning needs, including practice-based reflective elements, such as clinical audit, peer-review or performance appraisal, as well as participation in activities to enhance knowledge such as courses, conferences and online learning.

Registered medical practitioners will be required to make a declaration that they have met the Board’s registration standard for continuing professional development when they apply for renewal of registration.

The Board may audit a practitioner’s renewal declarations to ensure that they are complying with the Board’s registration standards and their obligations under the National Law.

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