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October 3 - 4
FMC du Québec 2019
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About Our Events


Our comprehensive suite of Continuing Medical Education events remains a cornerstone of the SOGC's work. By exploring the frontiers of scientific knowledge and practice methods, these exciting programs update and maintain professional knowledge, as well as evolve the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology in Canada.

Do you have a proposal for a Plenary Session, Workshop, or Enhanced Skills Course topic at any of the SOGC's CME events or future ACSCs? Please let us know! Submit your proposal online now

Submission deadlines each year:

  • Quebec CME - January 1
  • Ontario CME - February 1
  • West/Central CME and Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference (ACSC) - July 1

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More dates and locations will be added as confirmed

 Event  Date  Location
 2019    
 Quebec CME  October 3-4  Quebec City, QC
 Ontario CME  November 28-30  Toronto, ON
 2020    
 West/Central CME  March 12-14  Banff, AB
 ACSC  June 9-12  Ottawa, ON
 Quebec CME  October 8-9  Mont-Tremblant, QC
 Ontario CME  December 3-5  Toronto, ON
 2021    
 West/Central CME  March 18-20   Banff, AB
 ACSC  June 20-25  Whistler, BC
 2022    
 ACSC (in partnership with AOGQ)  June 7-10  Québec City, QC
 2023    
 ACSC   June 6-9  Ottawa, ON


Continuing Medical Education


Our Mission

  • To promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advance the health of women through education
  • To provide evidence-based, innovative educational programs and online learning applications to meet the continuing medical education needs expectations of obstetricians and gynaecologists, family practitioners, nurses and nurse practitioners, midwives and skilled birth attendants

Our Goals and Objectives

  • Develop learning materials that result in the application of SOGC Clinical Practice Guidelines in daily practice
  • Disseminate clinical updates in obstetrics and gynaecology to enhance daily practice
  • Assess and promote the practice of new techniques
  • Innovate to encourage participation in interactive educational environments
  • Employ challenging case studies to animate discussions relevant to their practice
  • Promote implementation of knowledge and best practice
Online Courses
Premier medical education combined with the convenience of online study.

Online Courses

Designed by SOGC experts and employing the most current medical knowledge, our accredited online courses combine premier medical education with the convenience of online study. 

These courses are designed specifically for improving the learning experience and to tailor your educational experiences to meet your personal learning objectives.

Courses

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ALARM Courses
Improving care provided to women, babies and families during pregnancy, labour and delivery.

ALARM Courses

The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

Welcome and Overview

ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.

  • The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
  • The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
  • This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
  • This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
  • The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.
The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.

If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase an ALARM manual, please download this form and submit it by email to alarm@sogc.com.

Upcoming Courses

Please note that there are upcoming ALARM courses planned that are not yet listed below. They will be added as soon as logistical aspects are finalized.


If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at alarm@sogc.com. Please note that a minimum of 12 participants is required.

Should you have any questions about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at alarm@sogc.com.

Instructor Courses - Overview

The ALARM program would not be possible without the efforts of specialists, physicians, nurses and midwives trained to teach this course to their peers. In order to maintain the quality of this highly recognized program, the ALARM Committee has identified specific requirements for instructors throughout Canada.

In order to be eligible to take the instructor course, you must:
  • Have participated in an ALARM course in the past 4 years
  • Be currently registered as an MD (Family Physician or OB/GYN), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife
  • Be actively providing intrapartum obstetrical care

If you meet the above requirements and wish to participate in the ALARM instructor course, please submit an application at the link below. Please note, a letter of recommendation from your employer, department head or a current ALARM Course Director is required.


If you are selected, you will be sent a registration link for the course. At this point, you will be able to pay your registration fees ($650 plus applicable taxes for OB/GYN and FP doctors; $500 plus applicable taxes for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives) and receive access to the course materials.

Your participation at the ALARM instructor course is not a guarantee that you will become a qualified ALARM Instructor. 

To become a qualified ALARM instructor, you must:
  • Complete the Instructor course
  • Teach a course
  • Receive a favourable evaluation from the Course Director

Please note you will be required to teach once every three years to maintain your status as an active instructor following a successful completion of the evaluation process. If you fail to do so, you will have to take another ALARM course or Instructor course to maintain your active instructor status.

Space is limited to 24 participants per course. 

There are currently no scheduled Instructor courses available. 
 
Accreditation

Accreditation

The SOGC is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a fully accredited provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits within the College's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. The SOGC can review and approve Section 1 and Section 3 applications (Section 2 activities must be entered into MAINPORT by the member).

  • Section 1 - Group Learning: 1 credit per hour of an accredited group learning activity
  • Section 2 - Self-Learning: Credits vary, please click here for more information. Note that the SOGC cannot review Section 2 credits.
  • Section 3 - Assessment: 3 credits per hour of a program or simulation activity

Before applying

Has your program been developed by a physician organization?

In order to be considered for accreditation, a program must be developed by a physician organization, which is defined by the Royal College as "a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its specialist physician members through:

  • continuing professional development,
  • provision of health care, and/or
  • research.
This definition excludes pharmaceutical companies and their advisory groups, medical and surgical supply companies, medical device companies, communication companies and other for-profit organizations and ventures/activities."

Organizations that do not meet this definition can co-develop activities with a physician organization or with an accredited CPD provider.

Examples of physician organizations

Examples of non-physician organizations

  • faculties of medicine
  • hospital departments or divisions
  • medical societies
  • medical associations
  • medical academies
  • physician research organizations
  • health authorities not linked to government agencies
  • Canadian provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities (MRAs)
  • disease-oriented patient advocacy organizations (e.g. Canadian Diabetes Association)
  • government departments or agencies (e.g. Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • medical education or communications (MEC) companies (e.g. CME Inc.)
  • for-profit online educators, publishing companies or simulation companies (e.g. Medscape, CAE)
  • small groups of physicians working together to develop educational programming

Is your program compliant with the new National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities?

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has recently updated their standards for accreditation in order to:

  • safeguard high-quality CPD from commercial influence,
  • outline a clearly defined role for sponsors of CPD activities, and
  • standardize development and delivery of CPD activities for both family and specialist physician audiences. To facilitate the accreditation process, we encourage you to download and review the National Standard to ensure that your program is compliant. The Royal College has also developed a suite of tools and templates that may be helpful in completing your application.

How to apply

Step 1: Review the SOGC accreditation guide(s) pertaining to the type of MOC credits for which you are applying.

Step 2: Complete the application form.

Download and complete the Application for Accreditation.

Note that applications for accreditation must be submitted to the SOGC a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the intended date to advertise the approved CPD activity.

Step 3: Send in your application form, accompanying documents, and payment.

Completed applications, including all accompanying documentation as listed in the application form, can be sent to the SOGC via email to accreditation@sogc.com, or via mail to:

Education and Accreditation Division
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
2781 Lancaster Drive, Suite 200
Ottawa, ON, K1B 1A7
Canada

Please review the table below to determine the applicable review fee that must accompany your application. To pay by credit card, please complete the Credit Card Authorization Form and include it with your application.

Cheques can be made payable to The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, and can be mailed to the address above. Please note that accreditation will not be finalized until payment is received.

Step 4: Review accreditation results.

The SOGC will review your application and do one of the following:

  • grant approval based on a successful application
  • grant conditional approval requiring minor modifications to the activity
  • require an additional full review requiring major modifications to the activity
  • reject the application
Further action (i.e. review of your application to meet the criteria outlined by the SOGC to receive accreditation) may be required.

Physician Organization Review Fees

MOC Section 1 and Section 3 (No private sector support)

$500 + applicable taxes

MOC Section 1 and Section 3 (Less than $10,000 of private sector support)

$750 + applicable taxes

MOC Section 1 and Section 3  (More than $10,000 of private sector support)

$1250 + applicable taxes

Repeat Review Fees (for accredited events that repeat throughout the year)

Per repitition

$250 + applicable taxes

Additional fees for expedited accreditation of events less than 8 weeks prior to the intended advertising date

Physician Organization Fast Tracking Accreditation Review Fee

$250 + applicable taxes


Fees are non-refundable.

For more information, please contact accreditation@sogc.com, or call 613-730-4192 or 1-800-561-2416, extension 238.
 
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