Specialists' Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Needs Assessment Survey

What we wanted to know

We wanted to better understand and formally identify BC specialists’ educational interests, learning needs and preferred learning formats.

What did we do?

In partnership with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) an online survey was created. In the spring of 2013, the RCPSC regional CPD educator sent the survey to 4,888 specialist physicians in BC who were registered as fellows with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in their Maintenance of Certification program.

What did we learn?

  • Survey respondents worked in over 28 medical specialties, including a diverse range of subspecialties  
  • 71.9% of respondents had a university faculty appointment and of those 95.3% were involved in teaching
  • 76.4% of respondents indicated that they were involved in mentoring health profession students or post-graduate trainees. Of those, 89.9% had a faculty appointment.
  • Several respondents are involved in teaching and/or mentoring learners outside of their profession
  • Respondents are the most interested in self-assessment programs and would like to learn more about these programs as well as multi-source feedback programs

Want to know more?

Take a look at the Full Report or contact one of our medical directors, Dr. McFadyen or Dr. Sorokan for more information.


The University of British Columbia’s Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) would like to acknowledge the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program and the regional continuing medical education (CME) offices that supported the development and deployment of the survey.

We would like to thank the many specialist physicians who gave their time to complete the survey.

For further information about this needs assessment and report, please contact our Medical Directors:

Todd Sorokan, MD, FRCPC

Executive Medical Director



Medical Director, Specialty CPD

RCPSC CPD Educator for BC


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