What is CME?
Continuing Medical Education (CME) allows paramedics to maintain and enhance their knowledge, skills and to learn about different clinical situations that occur less often in the field. CPER strives to provide essential courses and new learning opportunities for paramedics through CME. In order for CME credits to be allocated, the educational activity must enhance the clinical practice of paramedicine at the certification level of the paramedic and must be preapproved by CPER.
Our continuing goal is to provide all paramedics an opportunity to self-direct their CME needs as much as possible. Our CME program provides a variety of options for paramedics to acquire all CME credits within the CME deadline. PCPs are encouraged to engage in an as many CME activities as possible to support continued growth and improvement of skills
What CME Credits and/or Online Modules do I need to complete to maintain certification?
The requirements for CME credit reflects the provincial mandate of 8 credits annually for PCPs and 24 credits annually for ACPs. As always, 8 of these credits are accumulated when paramedics attend an education session in the form of an Annual Practice Review (APR) CME in each certification year.
In addition to successful completion of the 8 credit APR CME, ACPs are required to obtain a minimum of an additional 16 CME credits during each certification year.
All paramedics must complete all mandatory online modules and CME requirements AND provide proof of completion when required to CPER by November 22, 2019 at 1600hrs. It is the responsibility of each paramedic to ensure they have met the deadline for completion of all requirements in order to maintain certification.
Please keep in mind that the Certification Standard, specifically 10 patient contact, as per the ALS PCS Appendix 6, is a completely seperate stream that may require the Paramedic to complete additional education and training, in order to maintain certification. Paramedics who are required to complete additional educational components relating to this will receive seperate communications from CPER.
WHAT IS THE CME DEADLINE FOR 2019?
The deadline to acquire CME credits is November 22, 2019 at 1600hrs.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT COMPLETE MY CME REQUIREMENTS?
Paramedics who do not complete the CME requirement prescribed by CPER are not eligible for annual certification and are subject to administrative deactivation. If a paramedic is administratively deactivated due to incomplete CME requirements, the paramedic will remain deactivated until such time that all CME requirements are met (ie. completion of required CME credits and successful completion of all online modules). Any paramedic who has been administratively deactivated more than once over the past 5 years (including the current 2019 year) may be required to complete a remediation plan prior to reactivation. This remediation plan will be at the discretion of the Education Department.
CAN I CARRY OVER CME CREDIT FROM ONE YEAR TO THE NEXT?
Any CME credit earned in November 2019 only are eligible for carryover into 2020, so long as 2019 CME credit requirements are met by the end of November 22, 2019. You are allowed to carry over a maximum of 4 CME credits.
MAY I TAKE A CME NOT OUTLINED IN THE CME CATALOGUE?
CME credit pre-approval must be obtained from CPER prior to attending the desired program/event. If the CME is taken without prior approval, CME credit may not be granted.
CAN I ATTEND CME OFFERED BY OTHER BASE HOSPITALS?
Opportunities may exist for paramedics to attend CME delivered by another Base Hospital. Submission of a completion/ participation certificate by the respective BH will be required to enable CPER to award CME credits.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A CME EVENT DELIVERED/ORGANIZED BY CPER?
CAN I BE REIMBURSED BY CPER FOR REGISTRATION FEES FOR EXTERNAL COURSES?
CPER does not reimburse paramedics for any fees related to completion of CME credits. Only your Service Operator (employer) can determine if CME options will be compensated. Paramedics must contact their respective Service Operator (employer) prior to attending any CME option if they are seeking financial compensation.
HOW CAN I OBTAIN PRE-APPROVAL FOR EXTERNAL COURSE/EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY TO USE TOWARDS MY CME REQUIREMENTS?
WHERE DO I FIND THE CME CREDIT REQUEST FORM?
CME Credit Request form can be found by clicking here: CME Credit Request Form
I AM A NEWLY CERTIFIED ACP. DO I NEED TO COMPLETE ALL 24 CME CREDITS FOR THE YEAR?
Newly certified ACPs are required to obtain CME credits, pro-rated based on initial certification date. If full ACP certification is obtained mid-way through the year, please confirm with a Paramedic Educator as to the number of CME credits you need in order to meet your Maintenance of Certification requirements.
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions or require further details, please contact one of the Paramedic Educators at CPER.
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