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New agreement between the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada brings more choice in accredited continuous professional development activities

Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants may now report approved ACS accredited assessment activities for Section 3 credits

CHICAGO (December 15, 2020): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada are pleased to announce a new collaboration that expands the diversity of Section 3 credits available to Royal College Fellows and participants in the Royal College's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.

The ACS and the Royal College have long shared a commitment to advance professional practice and support lifelong learning that will achieve beneficial outcomes for patients and health systems. With this collaboration, approved surgical accredited learning and assessment activities of the ACS that meet the requirements of self-assessment programs (SAPs) have been added to the Royal College's MAINPORT ePortfolio.

The accredited activities are recognized through a credit recognition agreement signed October 20, 2020, between the Royal College and the ACS. They are identified with a Royal College accreditation statement.

Impact on Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants

The credit recognition agreement officially began on November 1, 2020. It impacts Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants in the following way:

  • Any approved ACS activities that Royal College Fellows and MOC Participants complete starting on November 1, 2020, may be submitted for Section 3 MOC credit under Self-assessment Programs.
  • Activities completed prior to November 1, 2020, must be submitted for Section 2 MOC credit under Personal Learning Projects.

Building on a long-standing relationship

"This collaboration between the Royal College and ACS will make available important ACS resources for surgeons, including Fellows of both Colleges, and enhance the care they provide to their patients. Surgeons will be able to avail of high-quality ACS education programs that involve assessments and feedback and receive appropriate credit for Section 3 of the Royal College's MOC program. This collaboration will also bring the two Colleges closer together in achieving major goals in surgical care and surgical education."— David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, American College of Surgeons

"Our close, collaborative relationship with the ACS, which we truly value, has made it possible to deliver these high-quality educational opportunities to our membership. With this agreement, we're meeting the needs of our Fellows and MOC Participants, and enabling them to deliver the best specialty care to patients in Canada and around the world." — Dr.Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, FRCSC, FACS, Chief Executive Officer, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

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About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national professional association that oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada. We set high standards for postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development. We accredit the university programs that train resident physicians for their specialty practices and administer the examinations that residents must pass to become certified as specialists. In collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, we also play a role in developing sound health policy in Canada.