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Physician Organization Checklist

A physician organization is defined by the Royal College as a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its physician members through

  • Continuing professional development,
  • Provision of health care, and/or
  • Research

The physician organization is accountable to and serving, among others, its physician members through a governance structure that enables the membership to vote on strategic directions and initiatives of the organization as a whole.

The following are the criteria met by the CPD Network in order to establish it as a valid Physcian Organization by Royal Colege of Canada:

  • The organization is not-for-profit. Refer to the Canadian government website for federal corporations.
  • The organization has a governance structure such as a Board of Directors.
  • The organization has a membership comprised of individual specialist physicians
  • There is a membership that is not solely comprised of the Board of Directors. There is defined criteria on who is eligible to be a member.
  • There are defined expectations of members
      • (NB: all members of the CPD Network must particiapte in an at least 2 accredited or OLA activities per year, otherwise membership is suspended)
  • The organization is accountable to a membership comprised of individual physicians
  • The membership can vote at regularly scheduled meetings, such as annual general meetings, regarding strategic direction of the organization as a whole.

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