Foundations: PDF OnlyScience of Learning Strategy Series Article 1, Distributed PracticeVan Hoof, Thomas J. MD, EdD; Sumeracki, Megan A. PhD; Madan, Christopher R. PhDAuthor Information Dr. Van Hoof: Associate Professor, University of Connecticut School of Nursing, Storrs, CT and Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT. Dr. Sumeracki: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Rhode Island College. Dr. Madan: Assistant Professor, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom. Correspondence: Thomas J. Van Hoof, MD, EdD, University of Connecticut, 231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026, Storrs, CT 06269-4026; e-mail: email@example.com. Disclosures: The authors declare no conflict of interest. Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal's Web site (www.jcehp.org). Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions: October 09, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000315 Buy SDC PAP Metrics Abstract Distributed practice is an evidence-based, learning-science strategy that is relevant to the planning and implementation of continuing professional development (CPD). Spacing-out study or practice over time allows the brain multiple opportunities to process new and complex information in an efficient way, thus increasing the likelihood of mastery and memory. Research from cognitive psychology and neuroscience provide the rationale for distributed practice, and examples of its implementation in health professions education have begun to appear in the literature. If used appropriately or extended creatively, some common CPD interventions can fully leverage distributed practice. Through increased understanding, CPD planners can benefit from distributed practice in efforts to improve educational activities, and CPD participants can benefit by making more informed educational choices. © 2020 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.