MRTs pursue continuing professional development in order to maintain competence and develop their practice
+ Importance of continuing professional development
- Continuing professional development (CPD) is a process by which a professional keeps abreast of changes and maintains the necessary level of expertise to provide optimal patient care.1,2
- It is characterized by continuous and systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills and the development of personal qualities2
- It is one of the hallmarks of being a professional and endorsed by the majority of professional organizations in Canada (within and outside healthcare)
- CPD benefits patients by ensuring that all professionals have the relevant and up-to-date skills and expertise necessary to provide a consistently high standard of care.3
- Studies show a decline in knowledge with time after initial certification4
- CPD benefits individual MRTs by:5
- Maintaining competence
- Developing professional and personal growth
- Achieving personal professional goals
- Enhancing professional image
- CPD benefits the MRT profession as a whole by:5
- Maintaining established standards of practice
- Increasing credibility and confidence in the MRT profession with the public and other healthcare professions
- Emphasizing accountability in the delivery of high quality service
+ Reflective practice
- The CAMRT identifies reflective practice as an important aspect of the MRT profession in its Code of Ethics and other professional documentation:6
- Reflect on practice to promote the development of informed, knowledgeable and safe practice
- Monitor performance to ensure continuing competence
+ Continuing professional development opportunities
- Opportunities for MRTs to develop professionally come in many forms, both formal and informal.
- Formalized learning, such as courses from educational institutions, professional associations or others, provides MRTs with comprehensive study opportunities in a variety of topic areas
- Educational events, from national congresses to facility lunch and learn sessions, provide MRTs with opportunity to develop their knowledge base and experience networking opportunities
- An increasing number of self-directed CPD options, both online and off-line, that provide a more flexible option for MRTs seeking professional development
- Volunteering and involvement in the profession also allow MRTs to learn about the profession and expand their knowledge base:
- Committee involvement (professional/workplace)
- Accreditation surveys and participation on accreditation preparation teams
- Promotion of profession (career fairs)
- Peer review
- Project management
- Involvement in research
+ Recording activities
- A record of activities is an integral part of continuing professional development:5,7
- A personal record is a key resource for review, reflection and planning for future development needs and activities
- It validates professional development, work experience and other related activities
- Evidence of CPD activities and achievements should be identified in an MRT’s records, including:5
- Certificates, diplomas, degrees and documentation identifying completion of programs/activities
- Summary descriptions of content
- Duration of activities
- Dates, times and locations of completed activities
- Goals of activities (based on learning plan)
- All records (including self-assessments, learning plans and supporting documentation relevant to CPD) become part of an MRT’s professional portfolio, which should incorporate a history of CPD activities for at least the previous five years.5
- MRTs are expected to be familiar with and maintain compliance with provincial regulatory requirements for continuing competency and professional development (see Useful links).
- MRTs practicing in regulated provinces must be compliant with provincial requirements for continuing competency, professional development or quality assurance
- Provinces without regulatory colleges have no formal mandatory requirements for CPD
- To assist the MRT, the CAMRT provides a repository for logging activities online and this can be accessed in the individual’s My Continuing Professional Development account on the CPD portion of CAMRT website.
- Legare F, Bekker H, Desroches, et al. Effective continuing professional development for translating shared decision making in primary care: A study protocol. Implement Sci 2010, 5:83.
- Henwood SM. Continuing Professional Development in Diagnostic Radiography: A grounded Theory Study. PhD thesis. South Bank University, London, UK. 2003.
- Society of Radiographers. Code of professional conduct. July, 2013. Available at: http://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/code-professional-conduct. Accessed November 3, 2014.
- Martell, B. (2010). Designing a Professional Development Program for Medical Radiation Technologists. J Med Imaging Radiat Sci 41(1), 30-38.
- Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Continuing Competence Through Professional Development: A guide for program and professional portfolio development. Available at: http://www.camrt.ca/cpd/MoC_en.pdf. Accessed November 3, 2014.
- Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Code of Ethics. Available at: http://www.camrt.ca/abouttheprofession/codeofethics/. Accessed November 3, 2014.
- Construction Industry Council. Continuing Professional Development: Best Practice Guidance European CPD Framework and CIC Users Guide to Managing your own CPD. Available at: hhttp://media.inzu.net/fab410910808ebb31806f2ceae36320c/mysite/downloads/CPDPublication1.pdf. Accessed November 3, 2014.
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