FPD Unlimited CPD for Community Service Medical Practitioners

36 CPD Points Only Scholarship Access


FPD's Unlimited CPD/CME Online Medical Education solution is a complete product for Community Service Medical Doctors. Access to the CPD/CME modules are Unlimited. FPD is registered with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a Private Higher Education Institution (PHEI) in terms of Section 54(1)(c) of the Act and Regulation 16(4)(a).

Course Highlights

  • Unlimited CPD/CME access solution; subject to an active subscription
  • This is a video tuition product
  • Annual subscription fee of R649.99 (including VAT)
  • Each module is accredited for 3 CEUs
  • 12 modules over 5 clinical courses are currently available (new course modules are made available quarterly)
  • Available online 24 hours a day / 7 days a week from PCs, Tablets and Smart Phones
  • Automated integration with the MPC CPD Manager so that CPD records are ready for submission to the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)"

Course Content

The FPD Unlimited CPD/CME Online Medical Education package currently consists of 6 available courses with 18 modules. Each module is presented by a topic expert and is presented in the form of video tuition. Please refer to the current available courses and modules presented below:


In spite of a number technological of advances, the case fatality rate for acute myocardial infarction remains high. Misdiagnosis of this conditions is related to a three-fold increase in mortality and some of the highest medical negligence pay-outs in Emergency Medicine. Unfortunately the miss-rate of acute myocardial infarction is as high as 5%, even in developed countries. This number is probably higher in many South-African settings due to defective equipment and staff shortages. Clinicians must protect themselves against missing this sentinel condition by a high index of suspicion and knowledge of symptoms such as anginal equivalents, subtle EKG changes and the window period in cardiac marker assessment. This course will describe some of the important pitfalls in the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction.

A high percentage of fatal pulmonary embolisms as found at autopsy studies have not been suspected by clinicians in the period before death occurred. On the other hand, clinicians often do expensive tests to rule out pulmonary embolism with a very low yield rate leading to significant wasted expenditure. This course will focus on the risk factors, clinical presentation, scoring systems and diagnostic tests that may arm clinicians to identify and diagnose pulmonary embolism in appropriate situations.

The identification of the snake responsible for the bite is usually difficult, unless a dead snake is brought into hospital with its victim and can be reliably identified. Descriptions of the snake and the circumstances of the bite may suggest a species diagnosis, but this is not often a satisfactory basis for specific treatment.

In most cases of snake bite, appropriate clinical management requires reliable identification of a distinctive clinical syndrome based on epidemiological, clinical and laboratory data. A syndromic approach is, therefore, recommended in the majority of cases.This session will assist the Health Care Professionals to identify and manage the snake bite injuries.

Clinicians are often challenged to manage critically ill poisoned patients. The clinical effects encountered in poisoned patients are dependent on numerous variables, such as the dose, the length of exposure time, and the pre-existing health of the patient.

Poisoning emergencies commonly present to emergency departments. The clinical effects encountered in poisoned patients are dependent on numerous variables, such as the dose, the length of exposure time, and the pre-existing health of the patient. If a poisoning is recognized early and appropriate supportive care is initiated rapidly, the majority of patient outcomes will be good.

The goal of this session is to introduce the basic concepts for evaluation of poisoned patients and review the appropriate management of such patients based on the currently available literature.


The worldwide prevalence of diabetes is and rising. According to the International Diabetes Federation, diabetes mellitus affects more than 382 million people, or 8.3% of individuals aged 20-79 years, and is predicted to increase to 592 million people in less than 25 years.

These estimates confirm that diabetes continues to disproportionately affect the socially disadvantaged and is increasing especially rapidly in low- and middle-income countries. The main drivers of the epidemic are economic development and urbanisation, which bring changes in lifestyle and increased life expectancy. The health systems in many of these countries are not currently equipped to meet the rising demand of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. This session will assist with capacitating the Health Care Professionals with knowledge and skills to manage treatment of patients with Type 2 Diabetes.


Hypertension is an important contributing risk factor for end-organ damage and for the development of cardiovascular and other diseases, including stroke, coronary heart disease and heart failure.

Major clinical trials have demonstrated that patients typically needed treatment with multiple antihypertensive agents to get to, and stay at, BP goal. The number of antihypertensive agents required for BP control in many patients typically averages 2 - 4, with co-morbid conditions (such as kidney disease or diabetes mellitus) imposing greater drug requirement.

This section will highlight the different anti-hypertensive treatment options and assist clinicians in managing patients with Hypertension.


Victims of rape are examined by clinicians in order to document injuries and collect forensic evidence. In this episode we discuss the prevalence and types of genital injuries following penetrative sexual violence.

This module provides an overview of sexual violence, discusses important defintions as well as the relevant steps in the management of a rape victim.

Drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), also known as date rape, is a sexual assault carried out on a person after the person has become incapacitated due to being under the influence of any mind-altering substances, such as having consumed alcohol or been intentionally administered another date rape drug.

Victims often are reluctant to report incidents because of a sense of embarrassment, guilt, or perceived responsibility, or because they lack specific recall of the assault. Moreover, most of the drugs typically used in the commission of sexual assaults are rapidly absorbed and metabolized by the body, thereby rendering them undetectable in routine urine and blood drug screenings.

It is therefore empirical to make sure patients are screened and treated appropriately when the get to facilities.


The aim of this module is to assist doctors/nurses in their choice of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for patients who have concurrent disease and whose ART requires modification to avoid toxicity, drug-drug-interactions or the possibility of the Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (IRIS). The following conditions will be discussed: Tuberculosis, Cryptococcal disease, the older patient, renal, cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. The desired outcome is that the student will recognize patients who require tailoring of their ART to their specific medical circumstances and whose care requires additional attention.

The aim of this module is to review the drugs used in the treatment and prevention of HIV infection. With this in mind the teaching material will provide the student with knowledge of new and old antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and current regimens recommended in South Africa and elsewhere. The desired outcome is that the student's familiarity with ART will be strengthened and that he/she will be able to initiate, continue, monitor, switch, stop and change ART when necessary. Strict viral control must be achieved throughout the patient's life-time.

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is recommended for all HIV-infected individuals, regardless of CD4 T lymphocyte cell count, to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with HIV infection. ART is also recommended for HIV-infected individuals to prevent HIV transmission.

When initiating ART, it is important to educate patients regarding the benefits and considerations regarding ART, and to address strategies to optimize adherence. On a case-by-case basis, ART may be deferred because of clinical and/or psychosocial factors, but therapy should be initiated as soon as possible.

As a clinician you will be expected to manage the clients and start the treatment using the relevant guidelines and this particular session with help to unpack important issues around treatment.

Course Design

This is an online course and material is presented in the form of video tuition. Participants have access to all availible modules for a 12 month period from enrollment in the package.

Who Should Enrol

Community Service Medical Practitioners


Accredited according to HCPSA's Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 36 Clinical CEU's on Level 2.


To qualify for a CPD certificate of completion for each module, participants should successfully complete the online assessment process.

Course Fee

This course is only accessible through scholarships.

Subscription Service Terms

Community Service Medical Doctors can gain Unlimited access to numerous modules from up to 5 various clinical courses (depending on availability). New modules are launched each quarter, which allows Community Service Medical Doctors to plan their Continuing Medical Education program in advance. Please note that access to Unlimited CPD/CME Online Medical Education for Community Service Medical Doctors is available only during the year that Medical Doctors are enrolled for Community Service with the South African National Department of Health.

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