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Mainpro+® CPD Report 2019–2020

How are your peers earning continuing professional development (CPD) credits? We’ve analyzed Mainpro+ data to report the most popular types of activities, uptake of College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) programs, and more to provide a snapshot of what Mainpro+ participants are doing across the country. The data refer to the period of July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, unless otherwise stated.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, annual CPD credit requirements were waived for the 2019–2020 cycle year. All cycles were extended for one year. Therefore, no cycles ended on June 30, 2020.

Total number of Mainpro+ participants reporting credits: 40,575

Total number of participants in the 2015–2021 cycle cohort: 6,409

Total number of credits submitted between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020: 1,460,479.

This is an average of 36 credits (certified and non-certified) per member.

Top five Mainpro+ activities based on the number of credits claimed:

  1. CFPC Certified Group Learning Mainpro+ Activities: 376,166
  2. UpToDate: 219,248
  3. Journal reading: 98,031
  4. Teaching/presenting: 88,704
  5. Foundation for Medical Practice Education: 82,031

Five most popular Mainpro+ activities based on the number of submissions:

  1. CFPC Certified Group Learning Mainpro+ Activities: 62,095
  2. Canadian Family Physician (CFP) Mainpro+ articles: 15,779
  3. Self Learning Program SLP: 14,587
  4. Journal reading: 14,517
  5. Non-certified Group Learning Activities: 11,375

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Top three certified Mainpro+ activities

Activity Number of Submissions Program Link
CFPC Live Clinical Webinar Series 7,712
Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 2019 1,962
CFPC Contemporary Topics in Early Antenatal Care:
A practical course for providers (e-learning)

Number of Linking Learning submissions by category

Linking Learning Submissions: Practice 864. Research 88. Assessment 339. Administration 192. Teaching 436.


The CFPC’s COVID-19 Pivot webinars had 11,000 live viewers, and more than 7,300 claimed certified Mainpro+ credits. The recordings, which are eligible for non-certified CPD credits, have been viewed over 57,000 times.

The CFPC certified 62 programs about COVID-19 by June 30, 2020.

In response to member feedback, a COVID-19 Learning on the Go activity was launched in July 2020. It is located under certified Self Learning
activities on the Mainpro+ portal. The exercise is eligible for two certified Mainpro+ credits.


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Did you know...

  • Results of the 2019 membership survey show that Mainpro+ tracking has been cited as the top benefit of membership in 2015, 2017, and 2019.
  • Understanding of Mainpro+ credit requirements continues to increase: 70 per cent in 2019, up from 67 per cent in 2018 and 56 per cent in 2017.
The College certified 1,664 CPD programs by the CFPC National office, provincial Chapters, and CACME accredited university CPD offices (Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education).

Certified programs by credit per hour

  One Credit Per Hour Two Credits Per Hour Three Credits Per Hour Total
CFPC National Office 175 64 53 292
Provincial Chapters 431 Not Applicable Not Applicable 431
CACME-accredited University CPD Offices 927 10 4 941
Grand totals 1,533 74 57 1,664

Mainpro+ certified programs according to the CanMEDS-FM Roles they address*

Mainpro+ certified programs according to the CanMEDS-FM Roles they address. Leader: 391. Health Advocate: 464. Scholar: 421. Professional: 506. Communicator: 570. Collaborator: 526. Family Medicine Expert: 599.
*Some programs cover multiple CanMEDS-FM Roles.


Mainpro+ certified programs according to the top 10 keywords they address*

Mainpro+ certified programs according to the top 10 keywords they address. Chronic disease management: 338. Medical students and residents: 373. Academic medicine: 358. Pain management: 382. Allied health professionals: 424. Clinical practice guidelines: 435. Emergency medicine: 384. Community medicine: 465. Practice improvement: 487. Communication: 509.
*Some programs cover multiple keywords.

Mainpro+ participants must complete 250 credits in a five-year cycle, out of which 125 must be certified credits.
The annual cycle credit requirement is 25 credits, certified or non-certified.


Mainpro+ activity submissions by category

group learning iconGroup Learning: 87,151
Activites that provide an opportunity to learn with others
self learning iconSelf-Learning: 106,611
Activities planned and implemented by the individual, outside the context of a group
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Assessment: 6,348

Activities that stimulate learning and practice or performance improvement through the analysis of data and the provision or receipt of feedback about an individual, group, or materials.


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