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Health Professions Education Graduate Programs Are a Pathway to Strengthening Continuing Professional Development

Cervero, Ronald M. PhD; Artino, Anthony R. Jr PhD; Daley, Barbara J. PhD, RN; Durning, Steven J. MD, PhD

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions: April 2017 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - p 147–151
doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000155
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Abstract: The need to strengthen the preparation of individuals leading and providing continuing professional development (CPD) programs has grown dramatically within the current health care context. CPD is an integral part of the continuum of health professions education and cuts across the multiple disciplines and professions delivering health care. Each health care profession needs not only to keep up to date on new information within their specific discipline but also continue to develop and expand skills in areas that link interdisciplinary areas, such as quality of care delivery and communication skills, across various professions. In this article, we examine the changing context in which CPD is provided and explain how graduate programs in health professions education can be used as a strategy to strengthen the preparation of individuals for CPD practice and advance the delivery of CPD through evidence-based and innovative strategies.

Dr. Cervero: Professor, Department of Medicine, and Associate Director, Remote Campus Education, Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Artino: Professor, Department of Medicine, and Deputy Director, Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Daley: Professor of Adult and Continuing Education, Department of Administrative Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Durning: Professor, Department of Medicine, and Director, Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD.

Correspondence: Ronald M. Cervero, PhD, Department of Medicine, Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814-4712; e-mail: ronald.cervero.ctr@usuhs.edu.

Disclosures: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2017 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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