PHIL R. MANNING, M.D.; WILLIAM A. CLINTWORTH, M. Libr.; LOUIS M. SINOPOLI, Ed.D.; JOAN P. TAYLOR, Ed.D.; PAMELA C. KROCHALK, Dr. P.H.; NELSON J. GILMAN, M.L.S.; TERI A. DENSON, Ph.D.; DANIEL L. STUFFLEBEAM, Ph.D.; MALCOLM S. KNOWLES, Ph.D.
A method of self-directed learning for physicians that can be used to satisfy a portion of specialty board recertification requirements integrates contract learning (self-formulated learning plans), information brokering (linking physicians with consultants and community resources), and collegial networking (discussion groups). The method encourages physicians to focus on educational objectives, supplies learning resources, and promotes interactions with colleagues in study groups. Fifty-nine (53%) of the 102 learning goals update physicians' knowledge. Print sources and discussions with experts were the commonest resources used. Forty-five (49%) of 91 participants completed their learning plans. Forty-nine (74%) completed projects were judged successful in achieving their goals. Twenty-five (45%) of 56 physicians responding to a questionnaire stated that the method was superior to traditional continuing medical education. Fifty-two percent of the participants found the method as effective as traditional continuing medical education. Proof of accomplishment allows the method to be used as part of a specialty board recertification process.
MANNING PR, CLINTWORTH WA, SINOPOLI LM, TAYLOR JP, KROCHALK PC, GILMAN NJ, et al. A Method of Self-Directed Learning in Continuing Medical Education with Implications for Recertification. Ann Intern Med. ;107:909–913. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-6-909
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(6):909-913.
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