Title

Health professions education graduate programs are a pathway to strengthening continuing professional development

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-1-2017

Journal

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions

Volume

37

Issue

2

DOI

10.1097/CEH.0000000000000155

Keywords

Continuing dental education; Continuing medical education; Continuing nursing education; Continuing professional development; Continuing professional education; Faculty development; Health professions education; Leadership development; Strategic issues in CME/CPD

Abstract

© 2017 The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Association for Hospital Medical Education. 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.

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