Self-Directed Learning Resources


CPD's Self-Directed Learning Opportunities

Online Learning

Our office maintains and produces interactive, accredited online learning modules to support physicians in practice hosted on our online learning platform.


CPD is pleased to provide the following list of resources to stimulate reflection and life-long learning!

Resources Available Through Western Login

Allyn & Betty Taylor Library

Serving the faculties of Engineering, Science, Health Sciences and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly earch for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Access Medicine from McGraw-Hill

Access Medicine from McGraw-Hill is an innovative online resource that provides students, residents, clinicians, researchers, and all health professionals with access to more than 65 medical titles from the best minds in medicine, updated content, thousands of images and illustrations, interactive self-assessment, case files, time-saving diagnostic and point-of-care tools, a comprehensive search platform, and the ability to view from and download content to a mobile device.

Henry Stewart Talks: Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection

Henry Stewart Talks publishes animated audio visual presentations by world leading experts - advanced content in a user friendly format.

External Libraries

The Canadian Library of Family Medicine

he library service was established to ensure that all CFPC members have access to comprehensive information services. We provide literature searching, document and article copying, instructional services, book loans, and much more to CFPC members.

The Cochrane Library

Independent high-quality evidence for health care decision making.

Resources for Physicians

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

The Royal College sets the highest standards for specialty medical education in Canada. At the same time, we support lifelong learning for specialist physicians and promote sound health policy.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

Representing more than 26,700 members across the country, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification and lifelong education for family physicians and for advocating on behalf of the specialty of family medicine, family physicians and their patients.

MDcme is a consortium of all seventeen Canadian medical schools. Our access to a diverse and highly skilled group of content experts is unparalleled. Count on for the highest quality accredited CME available to Canadian physicians.

AAFP Self-Study CME

A list of Self-Study CME resources.

Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC)

FMRAC is the national organization and the privileged voice, both nationally and internationally, of the provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities. It will consider, develop and share positions and policies on matters of common concern and interest. It will also develop and maintain services and benefits for its Members.

Evidence-based Resources

BMJ Learning

The BMJ is an international peer reviewed medical journal and a fully "online first" publication. Our publishing model "continuous publication" means that all articles appear on before being included in an issue of the print journal. The website is updated daily with the BMJ's latest original research, education, news, and comment articles, as well as podcasts, videos, and blogs.

Up To Date

Up To Date uses more than 6,900 physician authors, editors, and peer reviewers who critically evaluate available medical literature to produce original content in a succinct, searchable format that can be quickly and easily accessed at the point of care. Please note that Up To Date is not accessible via a Western account or access code.

RX Files - Objective comparisons for optimal drug therapy

RxFiles is an academic detailing program providing objective, comparative drug information to physicians, pharmacists and allied health professionals.


Dynamed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically -organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, Dynamed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making Dynamed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions during practice.

TRIP Database - Clinical Search Engine

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The Journal of Family Practice

The Journal of Family Practice will be the preferred source of original research and evidence-based medical information for practicing family physicians, family medicine researchers, and other primary care clinicians. provides information on caring for people with disorders of the heart and circulation, and on preventing such disorders. is owned and produced by Medscape, LLC ("Medscape").