Canadian CME/CPD

The purpose of this column is to highlight innovative CME/CPD initiatives in Canada in order to establish a conversation within the SACME community.

A New Online CPD Practice Community in Canada 

The Physician Learning and Practice Improvement Community of Interest is an online community for CPD providers, leaders, administrators, accreditors and patient partners.

Our Shared Vision. It is a place where the CPD community can connect with each other in a new way and advance the quality and impact of CPD across the country. The goal is to create the conversations and support the initiatives that help build a CPD system in Canada that support physician learning and practice improvement. Launched in October 2019, there are 116 members and we have offered six Coalition webinars on timely topics, with a theme on transforming CPD during a pandemic, and collaborated with the Royal College to promote their CPD: A New Virtual Reality series of webinars. All webinars are for members only and are archived in the Ask the Expert section of the site.

Why join? To interact and learn from others who have a passion for CPD; to get your questions answered and to help others with theirs; to improve your and your colleagues’ practices in CPD development and leadership; to help build up the CPD community in Canada and beyond.

Who can join? We invite physicians and non-physicians with a passion for CPD and practice improvement to join here. The community is hosted on the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Community engagement platform. You do not have to be a CMA member to participate but you will need to create an account on to access the community (see attached PDF for instructions).

This online community, led by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, is an initiative of the Coalition for Physician Learning and Practice Improvement. The Coalition was established in 2019 and includes eight national medical organizations whose goal is to carry forward into action the recommendations of the Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) CPD report.

For more information please contact Fran Kirby, Community Manager,

Canada’s KeyLIME Podcast Makes MedEd Literature Easy, Short and Fun 

How do you keep up-to-date with the medical education literature?  How do you find the important articles, let alone have time to read and critique them? 

Physicians are crunched for time but do want to stay current when it comes to research. Resolving this tension was a big motivation for the creators of the Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) podcast.

A weekly podcast produced by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2012, KeyLIME does the leg work for listeners, focusing on valuable research that is published outside of top medical education journals or their own specialty.  In each episode, the hosts – Dr. Jason Frank, Dr. Jonathan Sherbino, Dr. Linda Snell and Dr. Lara Varpio – discuss the main points of an article in less than 30 mins.

KeyLIME’s short format, the hosts’ enthusiasm (funny outtakes anyone?) and their engagement with their audience via Twitter has proved to be a successful mix, that keeps the podcast’s reach growing every year. Fun facts include:

  • Almost 300 episodes
  • Over 241,000 downloads in 2020
  • A fan base that spans across the globe, with top listeners hailing from countries such as the United States, Australia, the UK, the Netherlands, Singapore, New Zealand and Finland
  • Opportunities for audiences to participate live recordings at medical education conferences throughout the world
  • Listeners can earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits under Section 2 for each podcast

Want to check it out? Subscribe to KeyLIME via iTunes and look for weekly posts on Tuesday mornings on the Royal College’s Twitter and LinkedIn page.Have a publication to recommend? Write to us at

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