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The CHSE Program

The Continuing Health Sciences Education Program

OUR MISSION is to create learning opportunities for healthcare providers to advance continuing professional development and optimize health outcomes. 

We believe in:

  • Developing innovative learning opportunities
  • Meeting the needs of the public and communities
  • Supporting lifelong learning for health professionals
  • Providing interprofessional education
  • Embracing competency based education
  • Advancing research and scholarship
  • Achieving highest standards of service

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Who We Are

The McMaster University, Continuing Health Sciences Education Program (CHSE) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide CFPC Mainpro and RCPSC Maintenance of Certification (MOC) study credits for Continuing Medical Education.


What We Do

The CHSE Program has expert faculty and staff that transforms ideas into educational offerings. We provide:
  • Educational Consultation
  • Accreditation
  • Registration Services
  • Event Management Services
  • Research
  • Self-Directed Learning and Coaching
  1. Educational Consultation:
    • Discuss the general needs assessment
    • Explore the potential for CHSE activity proposed
    • Provide an overview of the process for planning, developing and delivery of the activity
  2. Accreditation: we are fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for Continuing Medical Education. We have the authority to assign the following credit categories:
    • The College of Family Physicians of Canada CFPC Mainpro+®
    • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada MOC Credit
    • The American Medical Association: The CHSE Program cannot accredit programs for AMA Credits, however, through an agreement between The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and The American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at: 
  3. Registration Services: including online and phone registrations, secure credit card processing, issuing appropriate attendance documentation.
  4. Event Management Services: Venue selection and hotel contract negotiation, finances and budgeting, brochure development, printing and mailing; marketing, On-site registration sta­ff, and much more.
  5. Research: Our research priorities are:
    • Explore methods to capture perceived and unperceived learners needs
    • Evaluate effectiveness of current CHSE activities
    • Develop and evaluate best practices to promote lifelong learning
    • Develop and validate measurements and evaluation instruments
    • Measure CHSE impact on health outcomes
  6. Self-Directed Learning and Coaching: Self-directed learning resources available through the CHSE Program include Coaching, Consultation with CPD Educator, practice reflection tools and other resources available on the CHSE Program website. The CHSE Program has two APLL trained Coaches (Assisting Physicians in Lifelong Learning) available to physicians and other healthcare professionals to help in identifying professional goals, identifying perceived and unperceived learning needs, and pursuing appropriate continuing professional development activities.