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Continuing professional development


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.

+ References

  1. 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.
  2. Henwood SM. Continuing Professional Development in Diagnostic Radiography: A grounded Theory Study. PhD thesis. South Bank University, London, UK. 2003.
  3. Society of Radiographers. Code of professional conduct. July, 2013. Available at: Accessed November 3, 2014.
  4. Martell, B. (2010). Designing a Professional Development Program for Medical Radiation Technologists. J Med Imaging Radiat Sci 41(1), 30-38.
  5. Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Continuing Competence Through Professional Development: A guide for program and professional portfolio development. Available at: Accessed November 3, 2014. 
  6. Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Code of Ethics. Available at: Accessed November 3, 2014.
  7. Construction Industry Council. Continuing Professional Development: Best Practice Guidance European CPD Framework and CIC Users Guide to Managing your own CPD. Available at: h Accessed November 3, 2014.

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October 9, 2014


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