"Being a GP is challenging; there’s not ever a day when you don’t learn something new.”
Dr Rawiri Keenan
CPD builds on the culture of lifelong learning that underpins the medical profession and contributes towards improving the quality of general practice in New Zealand by encouraging meaningful reflective engagement in on-going learning and development.
The programme is also designed to enable vocationally registered general practitioners to comply with the recertification requirements for medical practitioners set by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).
The term ‘continuing medical education’ (CME) is used to describe medical education activities designed to enhance practitioners’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional judgement.
There is an expectation that general practitioners will select education activities that best meet their personal and professional learning needs.
Engaging in continuing professional development (CPD) activities is a requirement of all general practitioners. CME is one type of CPD activity.
A College endorsement means that the CME activity has met quality educational standards and the activity is deemed to align most with the expectations of the MCNZ for recertification.
> A CME endorsement is a clear signal to the profession that an educational activity is of high quality and aligns with the expectations of the MCNZ for recertification. General Practitioners have a long history of trusting and engaging with endorsed providers.
> A CME endorsement comes with free promotion and advertising via the College’s website. Additional e-advertising can be purchased.
> A CME endorsement enables the provider to use the approved College endorsement logo.
> Endorsed providers will be provided with - at the College’s discretion - annual CME aggregate data regarding attendance patterns, education provision and other trends.
More information about making an application – including criteria and examples – can be found below.