About Us

Our mission is to provide challenging and innovative interprofessional educational opportunities, to meet the learning needs of healthcare practitioners in our region, to promote evidence-informed, cost-effective, collaborative, patient-centred healthcare.

Who We Are

Dr. Karen Smith Associate Dean

Kate Kittner

Laura McDiarmid


Office Manager

Education Manager

Mikaila De Sousa Program Assistant
Katie Evans Program Assistant
Mary Felix Program Assistant
Cynthia Mangan Departmental Assistant

Content of CPD

Continuing professional development consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a health care professional uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession. The content of CPD is that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic health care sciences relating to humans, the discipline of clinical health practice, and the provision of health care to the public.

A broad definition of CPD, such as the one found above, recognizes that all continuing educational activities, which assist health care professionals in carrying out their professional responsibilities more effectively and efficiently are CPD. For example, a course in management would be appropriate CPD for health care professionals responsible for managing a health care facility; a course in educational methodology would be appropriate CPD for health care professionals teaching in a medical school; a course in practice management would be appropriate CPD for practitioners interested in providing better service to patients.

Not all continuing educational activities that healthcare professionals may engage in, however, are CPD. Healthcare professionals may participate in worthwhile continuing educational activities not related directly to their professional work and as such, these activities are not considered to be CPD. Continuing educational activities which respond to a healthcare professional’s non-professional educational need or interest, such as personal financial planning or appreciation of literature or music, are also not CPD. 


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