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Continuing Education and e-Portfolio

Re-Start of the Quality Assurance Program

In March 2020, the College suspended the Quality Assurance Program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the selection of members for review of their e-Portfolio and the Practice Enhancement Tool (PET) was suspended and all current CE cycles for all dentists were extended by one year.

Beginning in January 2021, the College will be re-starting the Quality Assurance Program, including the selection of members for review of their e-Portfolio and the PET. Members who are selected will be notified in writing by the College.

This means:

  • Members who are selected for review of their e-Portfolio will have 30 days to ensure that they have logged their continuing education activities into their e-Portfolio and provide the College with their CE attendance verification documents. For more details, please go to Continuing Education and the e-Portfolio
  • Members who are selected for the PET will have 30 days from their start date to submit their completed PET assessment to the College. For more details please go to Practice Enhancement Tool

Members can read more about the Quality Assurance Program on our website at www.rcdso.org. For continuing education inquiries, contact ce@rcdso.org, and for PET inquiries, contact pet@rcdso.org.

Continuing Education

In May 2020, the Quality Assurance Committee agreed to extend the current CE cycles for all dentists by one year. This means:

  • the 2017-2020 CE cycle will now end on December 14, 2021
  • the 2018-2021 CE cycle will now end on December 14, 2022
  • the 2019-2022 CE cycle will now end on December 14, 2023

Use the table below to determine the status of your current CE cycle and when that CE cycle will end:

      Year of Registration     Status of your current three-year cycle
  • December 15, 2020 to December 14, 2021
  • Your 1st CE cycle will begin on December 15, 2021
  • December 15, 2019 to December 14, 2020
  • You are in the 1st year of a CE cycle.
  • Your current CE cycle will end on December 14, 2023
  • December 15, 2012 to December 14, 2013
  • December 15, 2015 to December 14, 2016
  • December 15, 2018 to December 14, 2019
  • You are in the 2nd year of a CE cycle 
  • Your current CE cycle will end on December 14, 2023
  • December 15, 2011 to December 14, 2012
  • December 15, 2014 to December 14, 2015
  • December 15, 2017 to December 14, 2018
  • You are in 3rd year of a CE cycle
  • Your current CE cycle will end on December 14, 2022
  • Prior to December 15, 2011
  • December 15, 2013 to December 14, 2014
  • December 15, 2016 to December 14, 2017
  • You are in the 4th and final year of a CE cycle
  • Your current CE cycle will end on December 14, 2021

All dentists with a general or specialty certificate of registration must participate in the College’s Quality Assurance Program and obtain at least 90 CE points in a three-year CE cycle.

Dentists can earn CE points in three CE categories – Category 1: Core Courses; Category 2: Approved Sponsor Courses; Category 3 – Other.

Category 1: Core Courses

Minimum 15 CE points per cycle

Core Courses must be approved by the Quality Assurance Committee and offered through approved sponsors for dentists to receive appropriate credit for their participation.

The Quality Assurance Committee has approved General Principles (Principles for Approved Sponsors and Core Course Presenters) for the presentation of Core Courses. These courses must be relevant to the practice of the profession and promote dentists’ continuing competence and maintenance of professional standards.

The Quality Assurance Committee has also approved requirements for real-time live-streaming of core courses.

Dentists may re-take a Core Course and claim points for it in Category 2, but not again in Category 1.

Category 2: Approved Sponsor Courses

Minimum 45 CE points per cycle

Courses on a clinical dental topic offered by approved sponsors, and teaching at a university faculty of dentistry or at an approved institution, are eligible for points in Category 2.

Courses/lectures/seminars on clinical dental topics 1 CE point per hour
Self-study programs with independent assessment on clinical dental topics 30 CE points maximum per three-year cycle
Teaching dentistry at a university faculty of dentistry, or teaching dental hygiene or Level II dental assisting at an approved institution 20 CE points for full-time teaching per semester; 10 CE points for part-time
Lecturing on clinical dental topics for approved sponsors 10 CE points for full day
5 CE points for a half day
Authorship of articles or chapters relevant to the practice of dentistry for approved journals/textbooks.  10 CE points per journal article
20 CE points per textbook chapter
Hospital rounds at approved institutions 1 CE point per meeting

Approved Sponsors

Courses on a clinical dental topic offered by any of the following organizations are eligible for CE points in the approved sponsor categories.

  1. Faculty or school of dentistry or medicine (this does not include Advanced Dental Centres).
  2. Body that has been approved by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) or CERP (the ADA/CDA recognition program).
  3. National or international dental or medical association, such as CDA, ADA, FDI.
  4. Provincial or state dental or medical association or their component dental societies.
  5. Local, provincial, state, national or international dental or medical specialty associations, such as CAO, AAE.
  6. Canadian dental or medical regulatory authorities, such as RCDSO.
  7. Study clubs approved by the College’s Quality Assurance Committee.
  8. Accredited hospital.
  9. Government agency, such as a public health unit.
  10. The military.
  11. Qualified providers of emergency procedure programs such as CPR, ACLS and first aid.

Category 3: Other Courses

In addition to the minimum of 60 points required for Category 1 and 2, dentists can claim CE points for other courses and continuing education activities. If you attend a course/lecture/seminar on a clinical dental topic offered by an approved sponsor at the dental convention, you may claim this portion of your CE points in Category 2 and the balance in Category 3.

Courses/lectures/seminars on clinical dental topics by non-approved sponsors 1 CE point per hour
Courses/lectures seminars on non-clinical dental topics 1 CE point per hour
Courses/lectures/seminars on non-dental topics that are relevant to the practice of dentistry 1 CE point per hour
Dental society and study club business meetings 2 CE points per meeting
Attendance at dental conventions 6 CE points per full day
3 CE points per half day
Self-study programs without independent assessment on clinical dental topics 20 CE points maximum per three-year cycle
Lecturing on clinical dental topics for non-approved sponsors 10 CE points for full day
5 CE points for a half day
Reading of approved dental journals 5 CE points per journal (maximum of 10 CE points per year)
Reading of current dental textbooks 10 CE points per textbook

Study Clubs

The College reviews applications from study groups formed by Ontario registered dentists wishing to be recognized as an approved study club. Study clubs can issue CE points for the CE programs and meetings they provide

e-Portfolio

The e-Portfolio is a secure online program that allows you to record your CE activities and keep track of your CE points by category. It provides a running total of your points and you can see your entries logged at a glance.

Dentists are required to maintain and update their confidential e-Portfolio. To access your e-Portfolio, log into the Member Resource Centre, navigate to your personal profile, and click the ePortfolio link.

Remember to obtain your CE attendance verification document after completing a CE activity. These documents must be retained for at least five years after the end of each three-year CE cycle and submitted to the College on request.

The College randomly selects members each month for review of their e-Portfolio. Members who have been selected will be notified in writing by the College and will have 30 days to ensure that their e-Portfolio is updated, and to submit their CE attendance verification documents to the College.

CE requirements related to the Standard for sedation and anesthesia

  • The Standard sets out the minimum number of CE points related to sedation and anesthesia that must be completed in a 3-year period. This 3-year period will match your CE cycle.
  • CE points for sedation and anesthesia can be acquired in any category.
  • Log your CE points for sedation and anesthesia in your e-Portfolio in the appropriate category.
  • For the purposes of fulfilling this requirement, courses in the management of medical emergencies are accepted. Courses to acquire or maintain life-support certification (BLS, ACLS, PALS and PEARS) are NOT accepted.
  • By December 14, 2021, all CE cycles will require the sedation CE points as set out by the Standard.
  • As with all other CE activities, you must keep your original CE documents. These documents must be retained for five years from the end of each three-year CE cycle and submitted to the College on request.
  • Questions about the CE requirements related to the Standard? Email spatodia@rcdso.org or call 416-961-6555 ext 4309

Questions?

Joanne Loy
Quality Assurance and Continuing Education Administrator
ce@rcdso.org