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CMTBC releases additional Quality Assurance FAQs

In January 2024, CMTBC launched two components of the redesigned Quality Assurance (QA) program.

In response to questions from registrants, CMTBC has updated the Quality Assurance Frequently Asked Questions page

One of the common questions received from registrants about the PDP is how to create a learning plan. The following is a case study of RMT Ridley creating one of their learning goals and selecting a learning activity as part of a learning plan. Note that the case study is an example of how an RMT can create learning goals and select learning activities. Each RMT’s process of creating learning goals and selecting learning activities will be unique.  

Case study

Upon completion of their self-assessment, Ridley reviewed their self-assessment summary report. The following graph shows their self-assessment category averages:

From the graph, Ridley can see the following:

  • The Knowledge Growth category average is some of the time. This is the lowest category average for Ridley and should be considered as a category where the RMT can engage in further learning to improve their knowledge and application of competencies in practice.
  • The categories of Communication, Indigenous Cultural Safety, Humility, and Anti-racism, and Professional Obligations all have category averages of most of the time. The RMT can consider in which one of these categories they wish to improve their knowledge and application of competencies.

Creating a Learning Goal

Ridley has determined that they would like to improve their average score in the Knowledge Growth category. To assist Ridley’s understanding of what area(s) within the Knowledge Growth category to focus on, Ridley reviews their individual responses to each question within the Knowledge Growth category. 

Upon review of their answers, they see they answered “some of the time” to:

  • Engaging in learning activities that develop their knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning skills, and
  • Searching for, reviewing, and using research evidence to support clinical decision-making in their practice.

Ridley has been practising for 10 years. After reflecting on their practice and the patient population they work with, Ridley decides that they would like to update their knowledge and skills around working with patients pre- and post-hip or knee surgery. 

Ridley answers the following learning goal questions:

  • Category of self-assessment: Knowledge Growth
  • What area(s) within Knowledge Growth: To increase knowledge, skills, and the use of research evidence to support clinical decision-making.
  • Learning Goal: To update knowledge in the area of pre- and post-hip or knee surgery to best support patients within my clinical practice, within the next 6 months.

The next step for Ridley is to research and determine which type of learning activities they can complete to meet their stated learning goal. This may take some time and investigation on Ridley’s part to find a relevant learning activity. After speaking with colleagues and using internet searches to identify different learning activities, Ridley has a list of 3 different learning activities they could choose from, including:

  • Attending a two-part lecture series at the local university, hosted by an orthopaedic surgeon.
  • Attending a lower body hands-on class, hosted by an RMT who works with professional athletes.
  • Creating a study group with colleagues, specifically a physiotherapist, chiropractor, and RMT, all of whom have experience in treating a diverse patient population with lower body injuries.

Ridley decides to participate in the 2-part lecture series, and begins to complete the following learning activity questions.

  • What type of learning activity: Other – Lecture Series.
  • Describe the Learning Activity:
    • Learning activity title: Post surgical rehabilitation for lower limb injuries.
    • Learning activity takes place over two lecture sessions, both 2 hours long.
  • Target date of completion: June 15, 2024.

Ridley saves the learning activity information they have inputted to date, and registers for the lecture series.

At this time, having created Learning Goal 1 and decided upon a learning activity to achieve the goal, Ridley can begin to repeat the process to create a second learning goal. Upon further investigation into which area(s) within the three categories where they have an average score of most of the time, Ridley determines they are most interested in completing learning activities to improve in the category of communication

Completion of Learning Activity

After completion of the lecture series on June 15, 2024, Ridley returns to the PDP portal to input detailed information about their learning activity, including the objectives of the lecture series, how the activity falls within scope of practice, and the level of evidence used within the activity.

Once information on Ridley’s learning activity is completed, they complete their Learning Goal 1.

Upon completion of Ridley’s second learning goal and activity, following the same steps, Ridley will be prompted within the PDP Portal to submit their completed learning plan. Submission of a completed learning plan will release the final step of the PDP: Reflection. 

Practice Development (PDP) Portal access

RMTs will complete the PDP components (self-assessment, learning plan, and reflection) via a new online platform: the Practice Development Program (PDP) Portal.

RMTs can access the PDP Portal by:

  • Going directly to the PDP Portal.
  • Clicking on “CMTBC Learning Centre,” located in the upper right-hand corner of every page on the CMTBC website, and after arriving on the CMTBC Learning Centre page, clicking the “Log in to the CMTBC PDP Portal” button.

CMTBC Online Course Portal (Brightspace) access

RMTs can access the 2024 CMTBC-authored mandatory online course, through the CMTBC Online Course Portal, by:

For more information

All RMTs are strongly encouraged to read the Practice Development, CMTBC Online Courses, and Quality Assurance Frequently Asked Questions pages. For assistance with the PDP Portal, the Online Courses Portal (Brightspace), or other QA related questions, contact CMTBC via email at [email protected].

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