With the introduction of Reflective Practice and Refllective Learning at CPER, our goal is to encourage paramedics to reflect, analyze and self-direct CME activities based on individual needs. Education delivered in this style speaks to adult learning principles. The self-directed component of our CME program provides paramedics a variety of options that can be taken advantage of in order to acquire all CME credit within the certification year. It is expected that your self-directed CME be of a different focus from year to year to allow for multi-faceted learning and professional development.
Paramedics are encouraged to attend conferences related to the practice of paramedicine. The following Conferences are pre-approved by CPER for CME credit:
Any Conference not listed above must be pre-approved for CME credit prior to attending (at least 2 weeks in advance of participation) through submission of the CME Credit Request form to email@example.com. On completion of the conference/workshop, submit your certificate of attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org. CME credit allotted: 1 CME credit per hour; maximum of 12 CME credits per year.
The listed self-development courses will be awarded CME credit.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Pediatric
- Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS)
- Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)
- Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
- Advanced Basic Trauma Life Support (ABTLS)
- Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PTLS)
- International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)
On completion of the course, submit your certificate or proof of successful completion to email@example.com. CME credit allotted: 1 CME credit per hour; maximum of 12 CME credits per year.
In-Situ Simulation Events
CPER is fortunate enough to have academic relationships with Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph's Healthcare Centre and McMaster University and there are often potential educational opportunities throughout the year with any one of these associated groups. Examples of activites include McMaster CCFP-EM Residency activities such as Resident Simulation, Tintinalli Academic Rounds or St.Jpseph's Emergency Department in situ Simulation events. Please contact CPER for more information around events like these as scheduling is not regularly posted and dates and times may change throughout the year. CME credit allotted: 1 CME credit per hour; maximum of 9 CME credits per year.
With the recent successful, formal integration of the reflection into the Return to Practice (RTP) portolfio at CPER, we would like to expand reflective practive to the CME portfolio as well. Please contact a CPER Paramedic Educator for details.
Paramedics teaching paramedic-centered curriculum to paramedic students at an accredited college will be eligible to receive CME credit. CPER Instructors will also be eligible to receive CME credit when acting as a Lead Instructor at a CPER APR/ECB. In order to receive CME credit for teaching, submit a CME Credit Request form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CME credit allotted: 1 CME credit per 8 hours of instruction; maximum of 4 CME credits per year.
Paramedics who take on the role of an ACP or PCP preceptor will be eligible to receive CME credit. Preceptorship must be a minimum of 140 hours with the same student. In order to receive CME credit, submit a CME Credit Request form to email@example.com.
CME credit allotted: 4 CME credits per student; maximum of 4 CME credits per year.
CME offered by other Base Hospitals (BH)
Several opportunities exist for paramedics to attend CME delivered by other BHs. Submission of a completion/participation certificate completed by the respective BH will be required in order for CPER to award CME credit. Submit documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
CME credit allotted: 1 CME credit per course hour.
Journal Article Review
Paramedics may choose to review a current and relevant medical journal for CME credit. Should a paramedic choose this option, they must contact a CPER Educator in order to be provided with an approved list of journal articles for review, as well as with an article review outline.
CME credit allotted: 2 CME credits per journal review; maximum of 8 CME credits per year.
CPER Digest Development
Paramedics may choose to write a CPER Digest article. Paramedics will be required to contact an Educator at email@example.com prior to development of the article, to discuss learning objectives and article topic. Submitted articles will be reviewed by CPER Education for content and validity prior to CME credit being granted.
CME credit allotted: 2 CME credits per article; maximum of 8 CME credits per year.
AskMED - Questions
Paramedics may choose to submit a question for the AskMED physicians. If a paramedic’s question is answered during the live AskMED event or by the AskMED physicians at a later date, CME credit will be granted to the paramedic. Questions can be submitted by following the directions on the CPER website under the AskMED section. Paramedics who watch the AskMED video and submit a summary on one question will be granted CME credit. The summary must focus on how the question/discussion will impact your current or future paramedic practice. Summaries can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
CME credit allotted: 1 CME credit per question/summary; maximum of 4 CME credits per year.
Proof of completion of any prehospital related course will be considered for CME credits. The paramedic will be required to provide an official list of learning objectives and/or assignments, in addition to documentation of successful course completion to be considered for credit. Paramedics must complete a CME Credit Request form and submit to email@example.com
CME credit allotted: 8 CME credits per course; maximum 8 credits per year
Peer Chart Auditing
Paramedics (i.e. CPER trained auditors) can perform up to 60 call audits per calendar year in order to obtain CME credit. No more than 15 audits for CME points can be performed monthly. These calls will be ALS PCS calls where an advanced life support skill is performed or where symptom relief medications have been administered. IV starts only or calls where no intervention has been initiated are not to be audited for CME credit. Paramedics will record the call date, call number and date that the audit was performed on a form within the BH office.
CME credit allotted: see below; maximum of 4 CME credits per year
- 15 charts 1 point
- 30 charts 2 points
- 45 charts 3 points
- 60 charts 4 points
Submission of research projects will be reviewed for CME credit. Research/case studies must be ongoing and relevant to paramedicine. Application for CME point consideration will include specific research techniques to be utilized, goals and expected outcomes of the research experience. Paramedics are required to complete a CME Credit Request form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CME credit allotted: TBD – at the discretion of Medical Council and assigned on a case-by-case basis; maximum of 8 credits per year.
Paramedics can choose to complete eModules, from a CPER determined selection available on MedicLearn, CME credit allotted: varies per eModule; maximum of 8 CME credits per year
Paramedics can choose to review a webinar/podcasts, which may be chosen from a selection available on eMedic. After reviewing the webinar/podcasts, paramedics will need to complete a short quiz to validate learning.
CME credit allotted: 1-2 CME credits per webinar/podcast review (dependent upon length); maximum of 8 CME credits per year
Paramedics can choose to develop a Webinar, which may be later utilized for CME credit for other paramedics. Webinar topic must be current and relevant to paramedicine. Webinars will be reviewed by CPER Education for content and validity prior to CME credit being granted. Detailed criteria to be obtained from CPER Education prior to beginning the webinar development. Paramedics are required to complete a CME Credit Request form and submit to email@example.com.
CME credit allotted: 8 CME credits; maximum of 8 CME credits per year.
Paramedics who are involved in the National Paramedic Competition, either as a participant or as a judge, will be eligible to receive CME credit. Submission of a completed attendance/participation certificate will be required in order for CPER to award CME credit. Submit documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. CME credit allotted: 1 CME credit per event hour; maximum of 4 CME credits per year.
Paramedics may seek approval for potential CME opportunity. Please complete the “CME Credit Request form and submit to email@example.com. Alternatively, as learning opportunities become available/scheduled throughout the year, offered either by CPER or through an outside agency, paramedics will have the chance to participate. These courses will be communicated as information becomes available. CME credit allotted: TBD/per case basis.