What is CPD?
Continuing Professional Development is a commitment by a pathologist to continue the educational process throughout their career. In recent years, the medical profession, including the Royal College of Pathologists, has sought to provide a formal process whereby members can generate a personal CPD document that is suitable for external audit.
Any pathologist can register themselves with the Royal College of Pathologists' CPD scheme, irrespective of membership of the College. In return they make a commitment to undertake 50 hours of CPD per year over a 5-year period - http://www.rcpath.org/cpd
BSTP & CPD
In recent years the BSTP has undertaken to support those members that have committed themselves to the Royal College of Pathologists CPD Scheme. To do this we aim to provide information, updates and training for experienced pathologists that will qualify for formal CPD credits.
The Education Subcommittee applies to the RCPath to request approval for CPD credits for all of our activities which are assessed accordingly. Members can also claim credit for self guided study and accredited CPD points from non-RCPath meetings can be used to fulfil requirements. Conversely RCPath CPD credits can be used to fulfil commitments to other schemes for example the RCVS CPD scheme - http://www.rcvs.org.uk/education/continuing-professional-development
The BSTP try to organise at least one CPD conference/seminar a year. The conference/seminar is usually the Annual Scientific Meeting, but on occasions a one day CPD seminar may be held in spring/early summer. Where possible the BSTP tries to avoid a clash with the CES and other major meetings.
In the past Spring seminars have been held both in the UK and in Europe (in conjunction with another STP), with the Autumn conference/seminar tending to be held in the UK.
The emphasis is on interaction with internationally renowned speakers and recent advances in the field.