Montreal Townhall

Watch a 48-minute video recording eligible for MOC Section 2 credit of the panel discussion in Montreal, Que.

This activity is eligible for credit in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program under Section 2: Video. In order to claim credit, you must record the activity in your MAINPORT ePortfolio and complete all the required fields, including at least one learning outcome.

From left: Dr. Ernest Prégent, CCFP(em), CSPQ, FCCFP, (Collège des médecins du Québec), Dr. Sam Daniel, FRCSC, (Federation of Medical Specialists of Quebec) and Ms. Kate Marsden (Royal College) discussed the changes to continuing professional development for Quebec licensees with Fellows on November 30, 2019. Please note the discussion is mostly in French because that was the preferred language of our francophone audience

MOC in Quebec

Fellows and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) participants licensed in Quebec are now required to report their continuing professional development (CPD) activities to the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ). Read the CMQ’s Regulation Respecting Mandatory Continuing Education for Physicians (PDF).

You are fulfilling your CMQ obligations through our MOC Program

The MOC Program is allowing you to meet the CMQ’s requirements and you do not have to report activities twice. The MOC Program’s requirements have been mapped to the CMQ program (credits to hours).

Here’s how to prompt the transfer of your data in time for the CMQ’s annual CPD reporting deadline

Step 1: New Fellow? Just registered with the CMQ? Haven’t yet logged in to your CMQ CPD platform? Want your MAINPORT CPD data to be transferred to CMQ?

Yes? Step 1 is for you! Make sure CMQ has your consent for the data transfer.

You only have to do this once. (If Step 1 doesn’t apply to you, skip to Step 2.)

  1. If you’re unsure about how to access your CMQ CPD platform, contact the CMQ at for further information.
  2. If you know how to access your CMQ CPD platform, simply follow the instructions to provide your consent for transferring your CPD activities from another organization to the CMQ.
  3. If you don’t see the data transfer consent page, this means you’ve already provided your consent. Click on the “Transfert de données externes” (external data transfer) tab in the CPD platform toolbox. You’ll see the name of the organization you selected and the instructions for selecting a different organization, as needed.
  4. Go to Step 2.

Note: Your data cannot be transferred until you have provided consent to the CMQ for the transfer. You can only give consent by following the instructions in Step 1 and not through MAINPORT ePortfolio.

Step 2: Log in to your CMQ CPD platform

  • To prompt your data transfer, log in to your CMQ CPD platform; this will trigger the download of your data from MAINPORT to your CMQ profile.
  • You will need to log in to your CMQ CPD platform every time you want to transfer new or updated activities from MAINPORT; your login acts as the trigger for the transfer.

Note: Data transfers from MAINPORT to the CMQ only once per day, no matter how many times you log in to your CMQ platform

Step 3: Avoid delays! Record and transfer early!

  • To avoid any delays, we recommend aiming to have all your CPD activities transferred to the CMQ platform by March 1, 2024, well ahead of the CMQ’s next reporting deadline of March 31, 2024, when CMQ members will need to have reported at least 25 hours of recognized continuing education for 2023.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the transfer from MAINPORT to the CMQ is unidirectional (i.e. activities transfer only from MAINPORT to the CMQ). Therefore, any activities recorded directly on the CMQ platform will not transfer over to MAINPORT.

Did you become a New Fellow in 2023?

Congratulations! You will have received a regular five-year MOC cycle that officially starts on January 1, 2024. Until then, you will be in a bonus period and you can get a jump start on recording activities during this time before your cycle officially starts.

Find out more about your MOC cycle and your bonus period.

Types of activities that can be reported

Accredited conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs

Your participation in Royal College–accredited conferences, grand rounds or journal clubs held online or in person can be reported in Section 1 of the MOC Program where you will receive one credit per hour of participation.

Postgraduate training through a fellowship

You can claim this learning under Section 2: Planned Learning: Fellowship in 25 credit segments, up to a maximum of 100 credits per year. Note: If a portion of the fellowship occurred prior to your MOC cycle start date, you can earn credits for the portion completed after the start date of your MOC cycle and this would be recorded in 25 credit segments.

Research and academic questions

Have you learned while addressing a clinical or academic question in your practice? Or following research or preparation for teaching sessions, presentations or abstracts? These types of learning can be recorded in Section 2: Personal Learning Projects where you will receive two credits per hour.

Point-of-care information services

Have you participated in point-of-care information services for self-directed learning, such as UpToDate, Medscape or OrthoEvidence? This learning can be reported in Section 2: Bulk online reading/scanning with transcript, where you will receive the number of credits shown on the certificate and usage log you will attach with your entry in MAINPORT ePortfolio.

Simulation-based learning

Have you participated in simulation-based learning activities and subsequently received feedback on your performance? If these simulation activities were approved for MOC Section 3 credits (as confirmed by the accreditation statement on the certificate of participation or promotional materials), you can claim three credits per hour.

Direct observation

Have you participated in a direct observation exercise where you were observed by a supervisor, colleague or peer while performing a professional activity? Were you provided with feedback to help you identify areas for improvement? The time you spend receiving, reviewing and reflecting on the feedback can be reported in Section 3: Direct Observation for three credits per hour.

Practice assessment

If you participate in an assessment activity, such as a practice oral examination, and reflect on the data and feedback you received, you can claim three credits per hour under Section 3: Practice Assessment.

Note: Maximize your time using the MAINPORT Mobile app, available through the App Store for iPhone users and through the Play Store for Android users.

CMQ and the Royal College - 3 Differences

Reporting deadlines


Royal College
January 31


March 31

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Unit of measurement


Royal College



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* consistent with other professional orders in Quebec

Assessment Activity cycle minimums


Royal College Section 3
> 8 hours (25 credits)


10 hours*

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For MOC/MAINPORT enquiries:
Royal College Services Centre
613-730-6243 (Ottawa region)


For CMQ regulation enquiries:
Collège des médecins du Québec
514-933-4441 ext 5224

Benefits of Royal College Fellowship

International recognition

The Royal College Fellowship is recognized across Canada and around the world as a mark of outstanding expertise. It indicates you are engaged in superior training and committed to lifelong learning. As a Fellow, you have the right to display a premier designation that is recognized worldwide.

Access to the MOC Program for your lifelong learning

The MOC Program is respected and recognized by governments and regulatory authorities across Canada. It is designed for specialists by specialists and is already the preferred option for more than 8,000 specialists in Quebec because of the many benefits that Fellowship has to offer.

Access to the MAINPORT ePortfolio, a comprehensive CPD solution

Track your progress against requirements, access learning opportunities and plan your learning with tools and guidance documents. You will also have a seamless reporting experience that aligns with the CMQ’s new regulation. The Royal College supports you with regular communications, deadline reminders and technological maintenance.

Volunteer opportunities

We count on our Quebec Fellows to represent the needs of Quebec on our committees and examination boards, and to bring a bilingual presence to our work. In addition to developing and delivering lifelong learning through the MOC Program, we also accredit specialty residency programs, and we produce and administer the rigorous exams that residents must pass to obtain certification. We could not do this work without our important volunteers in Quebec!

Exclusive member benefits

RBC HealthcareTM is investing in Royal College educational offerings and has assembled a one-of-a-kind financial service offering designed to support your personal and professional needs as a specialist. Read about this benefit.