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News Release - Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences offers online professional development for healthcare professionals

Thursday, August 27, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences’ Office of Professional Development and Educational Scholarship has designed a new way of delivering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offerings for healthcare professionals in the Kingston community remotely. They were responding to the needs of folks working to keep us safe and healthy during the pandemic.

The first innovation was the introduction of “CPD O’Clock,” a weekly one-hour series. The consistent timing and shorter sessions made it easy for healthcare professionals to attend. The CPD team used these sessions to host two widely-attended COVID-19 seminars (with 519 registrants), which included information on the latest medical knowledge on the virus, discussion of potential vaccines, transmission dynamics, and public health guidance.

Next, the team repackaged existing programs for an online format. Before COVID-19, programs were run as one-day or half-day sessions. Now they are being broken down into shorter, spaced-out sessions. For example, the popular Allergy Symposium will be running throughout the fall, with seminars each month.

Healthcare professionals can tailor the experience to their own learning needs. The CPD team has also changed how it administers post-event surveys to track how confident people feel in the material after a session—which can be compared to the results of the pre-survey.

The fall line-up of programs has been designed for and with healthcare professionals. The CPD team has listened closely to what people attending sessions want and need, and have built programs alongside experts to provide useful tools, skills, and knowledge. The guiding questions are always: will someone be glad to have attended a session? Will they be able to use what they have learned to improve the lives of their patients?

The CPD team is offering a subscription for all of Queen’s Fall CPD schedule which will give healthcare professionals access to all scheduled programming, as well as on-demand recordings. Registration for the subscription has been re-opened, or healthcare professionals can choose to register for individual programs only.



“We've noticed that we're getting more types of people attending our programs…We always had physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners, but now we're seeing social workers, rehabilitation therapists, even concerned parents. We're seeing pharmacists and physician assistants.” Eleftherios Soleas, Accreditation Lead and Education Researcher, Queen’s University

“By shifting to offering our programming remotely, we have found that our main clientele, healthcare professionals in the Kingston area, have found our sessions even more accessible. They can more easily fit learning into their busy schedules and often times, learn from the comfort of their homes. An added benefit of the shift to remote delivery is that our programming is now accessible to anyone in Canada.” Dr. Richard Van Wylick, Associate Dean, Professional Development

 “I found I could really engage when I was comfortable...it made it easier to retain information”- Ally Forsyth, NP-PHC, Queen’s University



Queen’s Fall CPD schedule



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