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Claiming CME points

Articles

Reading an article on bpac.org.nz is endorsed by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. Every hour spent reading articles earns one Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. General Practitioners can enter a record of activity using a Learning Reflection Form, available from your dashboard on the RNZCGP website under the CME resources tab (www.rnzcgp.org.nz). One form is required for each article that is read.

All readers, not just general practitioners, are encouraged to reflect on what they have learnt from reading an article and may also find that it can count as a professional development activity with their own professional association, e.g. Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Inc, Nursing Council of New Zealand; check with your professional authorities regarding allocation of CPD credits.


Quizzes

Quizzes are endorsed by the RNZCGP for allocation of CPD credits and equate to one hour of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity for General Practitioners (this does not include the time spent reading the articles that the quiz relates to, which can be claimed separately – see above). Details are automatically collected and sent to the RNZCGP for allocation of credits after completing a quiz. The CPD online dashboard is updated periodically, so there will be a delay between completing a quiz and your CME points "showing up". An indicator at the top of the review page on a quiz will show whether the RNZCGP has been notified.

Quizzes are also approved for the Inpractice recertificate programme, and auto-record into your e-portfolio.

Quizzes may be completed by any “My bpac” user. If you are completing the quiz as a professional development activity for any other programme, you will have to submit evidence of your completed quiz to your appropriate authority manually. After completing a quiz you have the option of emailing or printing yourself a certificate as proof of completion.


Audits

All clinical audits produced by bpacnz are endorsed by the RNZCGP as a CPD activity for allocation of CME credits for General Practitioners. 10 credits can be claimed for a first cycle of an audit and 10 credits for a second cycle. General practitioners are also encouraged to discuss the outcomes of the audit with their peer group or practice.

To claim credits for CPD, select the audit you wish to complete, click the pdf icons or the cover image to view and print a copy. Follow the instructions in the audit to complete the activity and claim CME credits via your dashboard on the RNZCGP website: www.rnzcgp.org.nz

Record your completion of the audit on the CPD Online credit summary page, under the “Audit of Medical Practice” section. From the drop down menu, select the audit from the list or select “Approved practice/PHO audit” and record the audit name in “Notes”, the audit date and 10 credits.

As the RNZCGP frequently audit claims you should retain the following documentation, in order to provide adequate evidence of participation in the audit:

  • A summary of the data collected
  • An Audit of Medical Practice (CQI) Activity summary sheet (included with bpacnz audits as Appendix 1 or available on the RNZCGP website).

Audits are also approved for the Inpractice recertification programme and can be entered under the audit section of the CPD summary section on the Inpractice website (www.inpractice.org.nz). A copy of the audit data and a summary can be uploaded to the website.


Peer group discussions

Peer group discussion sheets are available on our website and aim to provide discussion points for use within your peer group. To claim CPD credits for peer review activities, the RNZCGP requires peer groups to be registered. As with other CPD activities one hour of learning activity equates to one credit.

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