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Canadian Public Health Association

Co-developed Learning Activities

Accredited Symposia are an essential part of the 2021 Canadian Immunization Conference (CIC 2021). Co-developed Learning Activity sessions reach key decision makers and provide an opportunity for interaction and feedback from participants.  

1. Session Application 

A non-physician organization wishing to apply for a co-developed learning activity at CIC 2021 must submit a proposal no later than 17:00 (ET) on Thursday 19 August 2021. 

Applications must comply with the accreditation guidelines and procedures of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada (AMMI Canada) and the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), and with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. 

The session proposal must include the following information:

  • Proposed title
  • 3-4 overall learning objectives
  • Brief 1-paragraph session description
  • How were the learning needs of the target audience determined
  • Faculty suggestions (names and affiliations)

The non-physician organization should identify a representative who will be the point of contact to work with AMMI Canada/CPS and CIC Secretariat staff.

AMMI Canada/CPS may request additional information from the non-physician organization.

Download the application form

2. Session Approval

The CIC Executive Committee must approve submitted applications for inclusion in the overall CIC 2021 program. AMMI Canada and CPS will only consider applications that have been reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee.

Depending on the prescribing demographic, proposals are assigned to either AMMI Canada or CPS for review and approval. AMMI Canada and CPS will only consider proposals that are received by the deadline. Upon acceptance by AMMI Canada/CPS, all Co-developed Learning Activity session proposals must also be approved by the CEC. 

The CIC Executive Committee determines the final number of Co-developed Accredited Learning Activity sessions. The non-physician organization will be notified of acceptance by Friday 10 September 2021. Approved proposals will be reviewed for topic overlap and scheduled to avoid duplication.

Co-developed Learning Activity sessions are 55 minutes in length. Sessions are scheduled outside the CIC 2021 scientific program and will be presented on: 

  • Wednesday 8 December: 10:30-11:25 and 16:50-17:45
  • Thursday 9 December: 10:30-11:25 and 16:35-17:30

3. Accreditation Fee

Only Platinum level sponsors of CIC 2021 are eligible to apply for a Co-developed Learning Activity. The accreditation fee of $10,000 plus 13% HST is separate from your sponsorship agreement with the Canadian Public Health Association. AMMI Canada/CPS invoices the accreditation fee to the non-physician organization directly. This fee will be payable upon approval of the application by AMMI Canada/CPS. 

4. Program Development

The AMMI Canada/CPS will develop the program to ensure it is balanced, objective and free from commercial bias, based on the approved application 
The AMMI Canada/CPS are responsible for ensuring that the session includes:

  • Relevance to the target audience.
  • Cutting-edge content that is evidence-based and provides a balanced view of the subject.
  • Unbiased faculty with the appropriate expertise to address the learning objectives.
  • Session content is developed in accordance with AMMI Canada/CPS and the CMA and RSPSC guidelines and policies.

Faculty

Faculty selection is at the sole discretion of AMMI Canada/CPS. Non-physician organizations may provide faculty suggestions on the session proposal; however, final decisions remain with AMMI Canada/CPS. Non-physician organizations are not to contact faculty directly.  Faculty are not entitled to an honorarium; they receive complimentary CIC2021 registration. 
CIC Secretariat will work with AMMI Canada and CPS to identify the Co-developed Learning Activity session moderators.  

Invitations

Once the faculty is identified, AMMI Canada/CPS issue the invitations to present with all details including the session description and learning objectives, and identify that the session is supported by an educational grant from the non-physician organization host. Once faculty is approved, CIC Secretariat is notified so that registration and logistical support can be provided to the speaker.

Faculty Disclosures

AMMI Canada/CPS staff will collect the faculty disclosures. AMMI Canada/CPS representatives will review the disclosure statements to ensure that potential conflicts are identified, and strategies are implemented to manage or mitigate identified conflicts of interest.   

Faculty Presentations

AMMI Canada/CPS staff will collect the faculty presentations. AMMI Canada/CPS representatives will review the presentations to ensure that the presentations follow the standards for clinical relevance, unbiased presentation, completeness, accuracy and references. Upon approval, copies of the presentation are provided to the non-physician organization in advance of CIC 2021. 
    
Upon final approval, the Co-developed Learning Activity sessions will be included in the CIC 2021 Section 1 MOC credits.

6. Promotion

Co-developed Learning Activity sessions are promoted in the same manner as all other CIC 2021 sessions. Additional promotion is the responsibility of the non-physician organization and must be pre-approved by AMMI Canada/CPS. All promotion must follow the CMA Policy: Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry.

In consideration of Canadian privacy law, the Secretariat cannot provide contact information for conference participants.

7. Evaluation

Conference Secretariat staff is responsible for evaluating CIC 2021 including Co-developed Learning Activity sessions. Secretariat Staff will forward the session evaluations to AMMI Canada/CPS, faculty and non-physician organizations within 30 days of CIC 2021.

Non-physician organizations cannot separately evaluate Co-developed Learning Activity sessions.