Continuing Medical Education: Why It's Important and How to Make It Effective

KevinMD.com (03/09/20) Lau, Christine; Williams, Collette

Christine Lau, MD, and Collette Williams, PhD, RN, emphasize the importance of continuing medical education, whose effectiveness relies on investment in curriculum development and educators. This curriculum should be up to date with evidence-based best practice and supported by an education department with qualified instructors. Lau and Williams add that programs must ensure that all front-line workers are trained in the skills needed to perform their job, and can adjust to employee requirements. "In a world where medicine is driven by evidence-based practice and finances play an important part in healthcare operations, it is especially important to invest in continued education and training, which leads to improved patient outcomes and productivity, as well as increased employee satisfaction and retention," the authors conclude.

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