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CSVS Continued Professional Development

Maintenance of Certification

MOC Program requirements waived for 2020 For details, please review FAQ: Impact of COVID-19 on 2020-21 MOC and dues cycles.

Mission Statement

The Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery strives to provide its members specific opportunities to improve competency relating to vascular and endovascular surgery and vascular medicine through forums which include not only interactive and didactic learning opportunities but also opportunities for dissemination, discussion, and reflection of peer reviewed research.  The competencies addressed by the activities will focus on the medical expert and scholar roles, although the roles of professional, communicator, collaborator, health advocate and manager are considered important by the Society and should be included in its activities.    

The target audience is primarily the membership of the society.  This includes active members (surgeons), associate members (persons interested in vascular disease), and candidate members (vascular surgery trainees).  It is acknowledged that there may be vascular surgeons and other health care providers that are not members and the Society seeks to engage them as well by encouraging membership.

Goals and Objectives

Through Society activities, current and timely issues in vascular surgery are presented and discussed.  These issues include:

1)  presentation, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease
2)  research in vascular biology, education, ethics, and outcomes
3)  health care system interaction and vascular surgery
4)  role of emerging technology

The CSVS will accomplish this through the design and development of educational activities such as CME/CPD programs, research presentations, and the promotion of e-learning to serve the needs of its members.

1.  To provide continuing education in the form of an Annual Meeting. The annual conference is designed to address the educational needs of health care professionals specializing in vascular diseases. The program includes symposia, current research, plenary sessions and debates. This conference will provide opportunities to network and share current information, as well as to present new and innovative clinical and basic scientific research (including outcomes) with practical applications for contemporary issues in all areas as listed above.   Specific objectives will be developed for each session and will be presented in the scientific program. Formal evaluations of each session by attendees will be solicited, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of each session and speaker, and of the relevance of the objectives and topics to the professional development needs of the attendee. Suggestions for future topics of interest will be solicited. The planning and development of future meetings will be guided by the results of these evaluations.

2.  To take the initiative in organizing and co-sponsoring CME/CPD required for the enhancement of education related to vascular diseases for medical students, residents, fellows and practicing specialists in the field, as well as for other health care providers.

3.  To provide guidance to practitioners and advocacy for patients with vascular disease by developing, publishing and disseminating clinical and diagnostic guidelines (eg. AAA screening initiative).

4.  To support the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and to provide members with information on how to optimize CME/CPD activities according to the model provided by the RCPSC.

5.  To conduct perceived and unperceived needs assessments as well as surveys of the membership on satisfaction of activities of the society in order to plan and develop strategic goals for the CPD programs.

Accreditation of Other CPD Events

Continued Professional Development - Maintenance of Certification
The CSVS is a fully accredited provider under the Maintenance of Certification program.  In order to give us the opportunity to adequately review your program and make any suggestions for improvement, please submit your application at least eight weeks in advance of the event and before the final program has been printed.

The CSVS ensures that educational activities align with the Royal College’s National Standard of Support for CPD Activities” and the Canadian Medical Association’s “Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry”.

Section 1- Please complete the CSVS Application Form for MOC Approval and submit by email

Please see the Guidelines for Approval of CPD Activities Developed by a Physician Organization for application instructions and fee schedule.  Activities submitted for approval under Section 1 must meet the requirements for either Option A or B.

Option A: Activities planned by a physician organization or medical organization may be approved without being co-sponsored.

Option B: Activities planned by non-physician or non-medical organizations must be co-sponsored by a physician organization, medical organization or an accredited provider.

Please note: If you do not meet the criteria in Option A or B, we will not be able to consider your application; the program is ineligible for Section 1 credits.

Physician/Industry relations: CMA Policy

Section 3 - Self Assessment Programs seeking accreditation under section 3 of the Framework of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Options of the Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) must complete the following application. Contact the CSVS office for further information regarding Section 3 accreditation. 

Section 3 Simulation application - Simulation Standards 

General MOC Information

Royal College Accreditation Toolkit

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