ASAR CPD PROGRAM

FROM 1st January 2020, all web based CPD activities will not be capped with consideration of the COVID-19 restrictions on face to face meetings.

Participants in the ASAR CPD Program must enter their CPD activities online by logging into the ASAR Member Area. The ASAR CPD program was reviewed in 2016 and the program forms the basis of the ASA and ASUM CPD programs and applies to the ASMIRT CPD program (though the ASMIRT point allocations differ.

The CPD program:

  • requires a minimum of 60 points for those Sonographers whose trienniums began after 1/1/2017
  • includes many options for web-based and self-directed learning
  • is equitable for Sonographers independent of level of experience, geographical location or hours of work
  • allocates points for presentations and publications to better reflect the time spent in their preparation.

Reflection on your CPD activity is an important part of the program. You are encouraged to reflect on how the activity may impact on your ongoing education and work practice, especially for self-directed activities. You will be guided on the forms where this is required. Please review the table for the CPD activities, point allocations and the evidence required when you upload your CPD activity. Evidence is required for ALL activities.

CPD Credits and Documentation

Table 1: Summary of CPD activities, credit allocations and required supporting documentation

Type/Code Code Activity CPD Credits Documentation
1. Attendance 1A Attendance at national/state/international meetings, workplace mini-conferences, scanning workshops and webinars 1 point per hour of educational activity Certificate of attendance or receipt of registration & copy of program
  1B Attendance at ground rounds, in-house seminars and workplace training (e.g... CPR, OHS) 1 point per hour of educational activity Certificate of attendance or CPD Learning Activity Record (https://asar.com.au/forms)
2. Publishing/Presenting 2A Scientific or professional publication

50 (peer reviewed, principal author*)

30 (Peer reviewed, non-principal author**)

25 (Non-peer reviewed, principal author*)

15 (Non-peer reviewed, non-principal author**)

Copy of published article including journal name, date and page numbers

  2B Conference presentations (oral or poster) at state, national or international meetings

40 (Oral presentations where individual presenting work claims CPD credit)

25 (Poster presentation by principal author*)

5 (Poster presentation by non-principal author**)

25 (Live-scanning workshop)

15 (Case Study)

Meeting program documenting name of presenter and topic presented or Letter of acknowledgement/thanks or certificate
  2C A presentation within your workplace or local area (including professional association branch meetings)

15 (Oral presentation where individual presenting work claims CPD credit

10 (Live scanning/case study)

Brochure documenting name of presenter and topic presented or Letter of acknowledgement/thanks or certificate
3. Educational 3A Self-directed learning to enhance patient outcomes and professional skills e.ge. research, reading relevant journal articles or texts, journal club, online or journal quiz, web-based activities other than webinars 1 point per hour of activity

CPD Learning Activity Record (https://asar.com.au/resources/forms)

  3B Peer review of a journal article for a scientific or publication 1 point per hour to a maximum of 5 per article A thank you letter or letter or certificate from the publisher
  3C Enrolment in an Ultrasound or related Medical Post Graduate course, PhD provided by an Australasian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or University 40 per subject Copy of university transcript or letter of enrolment
  3D Completion of Management, Leadership course or Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 1 per hour to a maximum of 30 credits per triennium with a cap of 15 credits per activity

Certificate of completion

  3E Preceptorships - attendance onsite 2 per day to a maximum of 15 credits per triennium Signed letter from individual providing the education outlining duration and purpose of the preceptorship
4 Other 4 Any other documented educational or professional activity e.g... participation n relevant professional committee meeting, clinical program, course or national conference convening, adjudicating or chairing conference sessions, examining within the profession, formalised mentoring (see FAQ;s for clarification) 1 per hour to a maximum of 30 credits per triennium with a cap of 15 per activity Letter or certificate of acknowledgement or thanks, or CPD Learning Activity Record (https://asar.com.au/resources/forms)

* Principal author is the first named author on the published paper.

** Non-principal author includes any listed author subsequent to the first author on a paper.

NB:  Capped limits for Category 1B and 3A removed 7/4/2020.

Record Keeping

CPD activities must be entered directly into your CPD database by logging into the Member Area.  You must retain documentation of all CPD activities for which you claim CPD credits for 12 months following the completion of a triennium, as an ASAR CPD audit may be conducted at any time during this period.

Documentation for ASAR CPD Program

For audit purposes, all Sonographers must maintain a personal record of verifiable documentation for all CPD activities submitted on the CPD Activity Report. ASAR recognises that there are numerous methods by which an accredited Sonographer can verify their participation in a CPD activity. Accepted methods for documentation of CPD activities are described in Table 1 above.

Certificates

Most educational providers issue certificates of attendance. Certificates should include the following information:

  • Meeting/program title
  • Convenors’ name
  • Date
  • Participant’s name
  • Allocated CPD Credits
  • ASAR Activity Code
  • Location where the meeting was conducted

Registration Receipt

If certificates are not provided or you lose your certificate of attendance, a financial receipt of registration to educational meetings is sufficient. The receipt must clearly state the following information:

  • meeting/program title
  • participant’s name
  • date

CPD Learning Report

A CPD Learning Activity Report is the method of logging CPD activities onto your personal ASAR CPD database.  This template proforma is provided below.

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This form is also to be used in evidence of a self-directed learning activity, reflecting additional knowledge gained from the activity, which may be used to change or reinforce your current clinical practice.

As an example
Learning activity research into a case of a solid parotid gland mass to establish a differential diagnosis list and to determine the most likely diagnosis based on the ultrasound appearances.  Reference: Ahuj A, Evans R.  Practical head and neck ultrasound.  Greenwich Medical Media 2000: Ch 2, 26-32.  Summary of learning outcomes (brief summary of activity and impact on your professional development) The most common parotid mass is the benign pleomorphic  adenoma, making up 60-80% of parotid tumours.  Other benign tumours include Warthins tumour, Oncocytoma, Lipoma, Haemangioma.  Malignant possibilities include Muco-epidermoid carcinoma, Acinic cell carcinoma, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and Metastatic tumour.  The mass in our case is a well defined, 1cm diameter, hypoechoic, homogenous lesion demonstrating good though transmission with posterior acoustic enhancement.  Colour Doppler demonstrated some internal vascularity.  this mass is thought to most likely represent a benign pleomorphic adenoma and the medical specialist has suggested a fine needle aspiration for confirmation.  For educational purposes I have suggested a copy of the pathology report to be sent to our department. (11/11/05) The pathology report has confirmed the presence of a pleomorphic adenoma