International Approaches in Continuing Professional Development

American Board of Medical Specialties (03/04/2019)

University of Wollongong Prof. Elizabeth Ann Farmer of the Medical Board of Australia and Craig Campbell, MD, of Canada's Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPS-Canada) discuss international strategies for continuing professional development, noting similar efforts between their nations and the American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS) continuing certification advancement initiatives. Campbell notes RCPS-Canada opted to migrate to a competency-based continuing professional development system to guarantee graduating residents had a system that would support their learning and continuous improvement throughout practice. He says conversations on the platform for a competency-based system have focused on key concepts such as relating learning and improvement to a specialist's scope of practice and bringing education into alignment with team-based care. Campbell adds that the transition is similar to ABMS' approach, in terms of "the importance of data and feedback that guides learning and improvement" and "the importance of the maintenance certification program being a collective responsibility of multiple types of organizations particularly in its implementation." Farmer also sees parallels between Medical Board of Australia and ABMS efforts, specifically "in their absolute determination that doctors will continue their professional development throughout their lives and that they will maintain their currency and that they will strive to enhance their patient care."

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