For medical professionals, the learning starts after the momentous effort at Medical School with the choosing of the desired specialization.
Every profession chosen after medical school requires initial qualifying learning and subsequent annual PD also known as Continuous Medical Education, CME.
A quote from Seth Godin: “Learning is the difficult work of experiencing incompetence on our way to mastery.”
It sounds perfect however this stark reality is not always a welcome message in the demanding life of a medical professional where time is a rare commodity with sleep, private needs, family life and social activities and work all are competing in the 24 hour playing field of a typical day.
As much as we expect traffic lights to work, airplanes to fly and trades people to turn up to do whatever they have been commissioned to do, the patient expects the best care available, to be nursed and healed, whatever it takes.
There is a clear and significant relationship between knowledge and intent to change/improve/optimize best practice in healthcare.
What could be helpful?
- Structure and clarity in terms of learning pathways.
- Feedback and assessment
- Funding models
- Uptake and practical and motivational support by colleagues, patients and the workplace in general.
- Ability to use mental and communication skills.
In eye of the beholder it appears that, to achieve the above, stakeholder management and consensus is key, and places the implementation of CME firmly in the hands of those who are able to facilitate the complete process.