Help Your Radiologists Meet the New RANZCR CPD Requirements

Practice Leaders Must Lead the Way

As a practice leader, it is your responsibility to ensure that your radiologists are meeting their CPD requirements. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) have recently updated its CPD requirements to promote the continuous learning and development of radiologists, ensuring that they remain up-to-date with the latest advancements and technologies in the field of radiology. The new requirements focus on promoting evidence-based practice and encourage radiologists to reflect on their professional practice and engage in continuous improvement.

These updated guidelines were developed to better align with the requirements of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA), and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and to provide radiologists with a more flexible and personalized approach to professional development. This change brings new opportunities for professional growth, but it also means that radiologists will require guidance and support to navigate the new requirements.

The new CPD program requires radiologists to:

  • Complete a minimum of 50 hours of CPD annually rather than triannually
  • Record CPD activities in any of the 3 broad categories:
    • Category 1: Educational Activities
    • Category 2: Reviewing and Reflecting on Performance
    • Category 3: Measuring and Improving Outcomes
  • Complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP)
  • If reporting MRI, 8 CPD hours are required annually (Clinical Radiology and Australian-based members only)
  • If reporting Mammography, 4 CPD hours are required annually (Clinical Radiology and Australian-based members only)

There will also be an additional minimum requirement of activity that needs to be met across the 3 broad categories:

  • 12.5 hours (25%) of hours recorded under Category 1: Educational Activities
  • 25 hours (50%) of hours recorded across Reviewing Performance and Reflecting on Practice and Measuring and Improving Outcomes (with a minimum of 5 hours for each category)
    • e.g. 5 hours in Reviewing performance category and 20 hours in measuring outcomes category
  • The remaining 25% (12.5 hours) distributed across any of the three types of CPD

Why do practice leaders need to help their radiologists meet the updated RANZCR CPD requirements?

1. Compliance

Radiologists must comply with the new RANZCR CPD requirements, which means that they must complete a certain number of CPD activities each year. Practice leaders must ensure that their radiologists are aware of the updated requirements and are meeting them.

2. Professional Growth

The updated RANZCR CPD program offers radiologists more opportunities for professional growth, including a greater focus on reflective practice and self-directed learning. Practice leaders must help their radiologists to take advantage of these opportunities and provide support for their ongoing development.

3. Improved Patient Care

By meeting the updated RANZCR CPD requirements, radiologists can enhance their knowledge and skills, which will ultimately lead to improved patient care. Practice leaders must recognize the importance of this and encourage their radiologists to embrace the updated program.

4. Competitive Advantage

Practices that have radiologists who are meeting the updated RANZCR CPD requirements will have a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Patients and referring doctors are likely to prefer practices with radiologists who are committed to ongoing professional development.

5. Reputation

A practice’s reputation is closely linked to the reputation of its radiologists. By helping their radiologists to meet the updated RANZCR CPD requirements, practice leaders can enhance their practice’s reputation as a center of excellence in radiology.

Practice Leaders Must Lead the Way

Practice leaders have a critical role to play in ensuring that their radiologists meet the updated RANZCR CPD requirements. By providing guidance and support, practice leaders can help their radiologists to embrace the new opportunities for professional growth and ultimately deliver better patient care.

Learn more to find out how Medality can help your radiologists meet the updated RANZCR CPD requirements:

Find the 2023 RANZCR CPD requirements here.

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