CPD FAQ

 

OVERVIEW

Q. How many CPD points are required?
For the purpose of application for Annual Practising Certificate (APC), 20 CPD points will be required.

CPD SYSTEM FOR SPECIALISTS
As the CPD system for specialists is linked to your registration on the Specialist Register, you can claim CPD activities specific to your specialty/field of practice through the CPD system for specialists.

Q. What type of CPD points can I claim from the CPD system for specialists?
1. Specialty/field of practice (FOP) that the specialist registered in NSR
2. Non-specialty ie other than what the specialist has registered in NSR

Q. What type of CPD activity is considered "specialty-related" ie specific to field of practice (FOP)?
Currently, only CPD activities which have been reviewed and assigned CPD points are considered "specialty-related" ie specific to your field of practice. These include congress, conference, seminar, scientific meeting workshops and courses (category A1-3 under the MMC-CPD grading system) and certain activities under category A4-A5.

Q. Can I claim points for activities other than congress, conference, seminar, scientific meeting, workshops and courses (other than category A1, A2 and A3 under the MMC-CPD grading system)?
Yes, you can also claim CPD points for other CME sessions, professional activities, presentation at meetings, publications of original articles and professional affiliations (category A4, A5 and A6 under the MMC-CPD grading system). Currently, only CPD activities related to category A1-A3 and certain activities under category A4-A5 under the MMC-CPD grading system are considered specialty-related. In the near future, you will also be able to claim points for others eg CME online (category A8 under the MMC-CPD grading system).

Q. If I have 2 FOP, can all CPD activities listed in the CPD system for specialists under my specialty/FOP be considered specialty-related?
YES, if you have 2 FOP, all reviewed CPD activities related to any of your FOP is considered specialty-related. For example, if you are registered on the Specialist Register as a respiratory physician & also an internal medicine physician, all CPD activities in the respiratory medicine & internal med are considered " specialty-related ". If you are registered on the Specialist Register under Gastroenterology & Hepatology & also Internal Medicine, all CPD activities in Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Internal Medicine are considered " specialty-related".

Q. If an event is stated under both my specialties/FOP, can I claim CPD points for both FOP?
No, for one event, eg the "GUT" meeting, if you have claimed CPD point for Gastroenterology & Hepatology, you therefore can no longer claim CPD points for Internal Medicine as you can only claim CPD point for one of the Specialty/FOP because its only one event.

Q. If I have 2 FOP, am I required to accumulate CPD points for each specialty/FOP that I registered on the Specialist Register?
Currently, MMC has not made it a requirement to claim specialty-related CPD points, however, specialist are encouraged to participate in specialty-related CPD events.

CPD activities related to any of your FOP is considered specialty-related. You are not required to accumulate CPD points for each specialty/FOP that you registered on the Specialist Register. For example, for a Paediatrician, CPD activity in any of the specialty/FOP under Paediatrics will be considered "specialty-related". However, if the CPD event is listed in the particular specialty/FOP, it will be captured separately in your respective FOP.

Q. Who are the reviewers of the CPD activities?
The reviewers of the CPD activities are specialty specific with members experienced in the subject area. The Specialist CPD Activity Review Committee shall evaluate the educational activity of providers using the standards defined by the MMC- CPD Committee for Medical Specialist to ensure that the content of the educational activity is relevant to that particular field of practice (specialty) and make recommendations with regards to its suitability and allocation of CPD points.

 

 

USING THE SYSTEM

Q. How does the system work?
All NSR specialists are required to log on to the Medical Specialist CPD system to record their CPD points claim. The steps:
i. Log In
ii. Call up List of Events
iii. Choose Event from List to claim CPD Points – the CPD Points for the event will be automatically added to your account.
iv. If an event you attended and wish to claim points for is not in the list, you can submit the event into the system.

Q. Where do I access the list of Accredited Events under my specialty so that i can start claiming CPD Points?
On the mainpage of your Medical Specialist CPD account – You can click to List Events on your specialty / Field of Practice (FOP).

Q. How do I view the list of accredited events under other specialties / Field of Practice?
You can search for an event under other specialties / Field of Practice.

Q. How do I view an Event?
Just click on event ID to View Event.

Q. How do I claim CPD points?
You need to view the event on the View Event page to claim CPD Points. To claim CPD points for that event, just click on the Claim CPD Points button/link when you are on the View Event page.

Q. I have entered my event into the system, but why is there no button for me to click to claim CPD Points for it?
The 'Claim CPD Points' button will only be available after the event has been evaluated and CPD Points assigned.

 

SUBMIT AN UNLISTED EVENT

Q. Where do I submit an Unlisted Event?
On the mainpage of your Medical Specialist CPD account - under section: Submit an Unlisted Event.

Q. How do I submit an Unlisted Event?
If an event you wish to claim CPD Points for is not found in the system, you may go to the Submit Unlisted Event section. When you submit an unlisted Event, you will not be able to claim points for it yet. The accreditor team will review the event submission and assign CPD points accordingly. When this has been done, you will be able to claim points for the event.

 

VERIFICATION

Q. Do I send my attendance certificates to you to claim CPD Points?
No. You will be required to email scanned copies to us upon request. Please do not send physical copies to us.

Q. Will my CPD points claim be checked / audited?
Specialists will be randomly selected for auditing.

 

FURTHER QUERIES/ TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

Q. Who do I ask if I have questions?
For all queries on your specialty's CPD points, please contact the Medical Specialist CPD secretariat.

Q. I am having technical difficulties in using the system. Who do I contact?
A. Please click on this link to contact the website admin.