CPD Resources for Activity Directors

The CPD office encompasses all Continuing Medical Education (CME) at MCW, but it also is designed to assist you in creating outstanding educational products for learners that are other faculty or community partners (e.g. primary care physicians, advance practice providers, community specialists, etc).  Some of the following are areas where we can help:

  • Building evaluations of your session - this is usually best done as you are designing the session
  • Creating on-line content for your session, especially for parts that are asynchronous (e.g., the educational event is recorded prior to when it is viewed, and/or question/answer session with the audience are managed after the session is complete) 
  • Suggesting learner assessments to provide metrics of session value 
  • Identifying external stakeholders that may offer grants or funding for your project
  • Getting your session approved for your board’s Maintenance of Certification
  • Awarding CME credit for your session

The goal of our office is, simply: if you have an idea for an educational project, you will feel comfortable contacting us to help you build it, whether a fully fleshed-out project, or just an inkling of an idea.  We encourage you contact us as early as possible in your process, so that we may facilitate creating the optimal educational experience desired, and can help you determine a time frame to achieve your goals (some of the steps, such as awarding CME or MOC, can take up to 6 months to get all the approval confirmed).  We can help streamline the process, and look forward to working with you.

Joshua Noe, MD - Associate Dean CPD

Karin Swartz, MD - Assistant Dean CPD

Linda Caples, PhD - Director CPD

OCPD Contacts

Elizabeth Heimerl-Rolland (eheimerl@mcw.edu)

  • Maintenance of Certification Part II & IV
  • Pediatrics
  • Children's Wisconsin

Linda Caples (lcaples@mcw.edu)

  • Community Engagement
  • Family & Community Medicine
  • Froedtert Health
  • Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
  • Radiology
  • Research

Karen Mann (kamann@mcw.edu)    

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Faculty Development
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pathology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Urology    

Regularly Scheduled Series Process

Interested in launching a new series? Contact the OCPD. See OCPD contact list.

Before you begin your series renewal, click here.

To RENEW an existing series:
1. Complete the appropriate formative evaluation (reflections on learning, session planning, elicited comments by the learners) by clicking on the best choice below as represents your RSS: 

2. Complete the series renewal form with Activity Director Roles & Responsibilities.


CPD Process

Step One: Start early! In many cases 9 months to one year in advance

Step Two: Schedule a pre-planning meeting with the OCPD team

Step Three: Complete applicable accreditation application

Once the educational intervention is approved for accredited continuing education:

Step Four: Provide financial disclosure for all in control of content

Step Five: Continue content development

Step Six: Develop evaluation(s) and or assessment(s)

Step Seven: Conduct the educational intervention

Step Eight: Participate in an Activity Debriefing meeting with the OCPD team