Perspectives on Continuing Education in the Health Professions: Improving Health Care through Lifelong Learning [Macy Foundation]

A new article just published in the December 2008 issue of Chest provides yet another perspective on the Macy Foundation report:

Leach DC, Fletcher SW. Perspectives on Continuing Education in the Health Professions: Improving Health Care through Lifelong Learning [Macy Foundation]. Chest 2008 Dec;134(6):1299-303. [subscription required]

In November 2007, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation convened a conference to address a number of complex issues concerning continuing education (CE) in the health professions. Participants concluded that CE, as currently practiced, does not focus adequately on improving clinician performance and patient care, is too dependent on lectures and too removed from the daily practice of clinicians, does not encourage or emphasize newer technologies and point-of-care learning, is poorly integrated across disciplines, and is inappropriately financed. Recommendations concerning educational methods, metrics, responsibilities, research in CE, financing, and oversight are reviewed. The relationship between the goals of improving clinician performance and patient care, while maintaining high standards of accountability and transparency, are reviewed.  Journal Link

Editorial: How many unjustifiable lectures are worth $2.4 billion? (Dunn WF)

See more reactions to this report here:

Continuing Education in the Health Professions: Improving Healthcare Through Lifelong Learning (Macy Foundation)


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