Professional Development

The CUA is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) as a provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities. Accordingly, the CUA is able to review and provide certification of Section 1 (Group Learning) and Section 3 (Self-Assessment Programs) learning activities, as defined by the Maintenance of Certification of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Please visit the website of the Royal College here for more detailed information on the CPD Program and definitions of the various categories of Learning Activities.

CUA-CPD Mission Statement

As an approved accreditor of CPD activities, the CUA Office of Education mission is to transfer knowledge into action through its various educational projects in order to:

  • Foster the dissemination of cutting-edge research and best practices (Members)
  • Improve patient care outcomes (Patients)
  • Improve public awareness of urologic illnesses (Public)

CPD Information

Elimination of Co-Development of CPD Programs

Effective August 1, 2013, the CUA has eliminated co-development with for-profit entities. As a result, our CPD accreditation procedures have changed. All programs accredited by the CUA are now developed by the CUA. The process for accrediting CUA programs can be seen as a two-step process:

  1. Development
  2. Implementation

CUA Developed Programs

In order to develop CPD programs, the CUA conducts regular needs assessments and evaluates programs on an ongoing basis. In addition, CUA Members in good standing are invited to submit requests for educational programs. All requests will be considered against educational needs identified by the CUA membership.

The procedure to request an educational program is as follows:

Step 1: The CUA Office of Education (OE) receives a Letter of Intent from a CUA Member in good standing to request that a CPD program be developed;
Step 2: The program request is reviewed by the OE and compared to the current planned program schedule;
Step 3: If accepted, the OE develops a budget for the program and solicits sponsorship for the program;
Step 4: The OE invoices the sponsor(s) for the full amount;
Step 5: The OE selects a third party agency to handle logistics (if required);
Step 6: The OE appoints all faculty members and assigns a CUA representative to the program who is involved in the entire process (the CUA representative, usually a community member, is chosen at random);
Step 7: Educational content for the program is developed by the CUA-member planning committee. Sponsors are not permitted to participate in program development, planning and/or teleconferences with the CUA planning committee.
Step 8: The OE is accountable for meeting all educational and ethical standards.

The following documentation is required:

  • CUA Potential Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form (to be completed by all planning committee members and all presenters)
  • CUA Speaker Checklist (to be completed by all presenters)
  • CUA Potential Conflict of Interest Disclosure Slide Deck (to be shown at the beginning of all CPD Programs)

Step 9: The CUA pays all honoraria and expenses for the development of the scientific content (or contracts a third party to do so); the CUA pays all speaker honoraria and expenses (or contracts a third party to do so);

Step 10: The CUA issues the certificate of attendance to all participants (or contracts a third party to do so).

All CUA developed programs are subject to the CUA Honoraria Guidelines for Program Development and Delivery and to the CUA Guidelines for Speaker Expenses.

Implementation of CUA CPD Programs

The CUA solicits industry sponsorship for its CPD activities. All financial contributions must be provided to the CUA in the form of educational grants. Industry sponsors are permitted to provide in-kind logistical support during the implementation of CUA CPD programs. All CUA CPD programs that are implemented by industry sponsors or third-party agencies are overseen by the OE.

Speakers

All Urologists who act as speakers at CUA CPD activities must be CUA members in good standing. If potential speakers are not already CUA members, the CUA Corporate Office will provide support to expedite the membership process.

Required Documents for CUA CPD Activities

All documents for CUA CPD activities must be approved by the OE. Once approved, only logistical details such as date, time, speaker, and location can be changed. This includes:

  •  Invitation to the event
  • Sign-in sheet
  • Evaluation form
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Any other documents related to the event

The following CUA documentation is required PRIOR to individual events:

When sponsors provide logistical support during the implementation of CUA-developed and accredited CPD programs, they are responsible for ensuring that every event meets CUA requirements. The sponsor, or a third party agency contracted by the sponsor, keeps the CUA apprised of all events and is responsible for submitting all required documentation. The CUA asks that sponsors designate a point person for each program to respond to inquiries from sales reps. This point person will also be the contact for the CUA.

All CUA developed programs are subject to the CUA Honoraria Guidelines for Program Development and Delivery and to the CUA Guidelines for Speaker Expenses.

Co-Development with Physician Organizations

The CUA is a Royal College Accredited CPD Provider and is therefore able to review and provide certification of Section 1 (Group Learning) and Section 3 (Self-Assessment Program) activities, as defined by the Maintenance of Certification of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. All requests for accreditation must come from a Physician Organization as defined by the RCPSC.

Applications for accreditation from physician organizations must include the following:

The CUA supports and adheres to the CMA Code of Ethics (Update 2004), the CMA Guidelines for Physician Interactions with Industry (2007), and the Rx&D Code of Ethical Practices (2012).

If you have any questions regarding the new procedures or wish to submit a request to the Office of Education, please contact:

Melanie Rose
Coordinator, CPD Programs and Accreditation
Canadian Urological Association
tel: (514) 395-0376, ext. 43
e-mail: melanie.rose@cua.org