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Why Adult Learning Theory Is Insufficient to Drive Learning?

I wanted to quickly share my opening talk from the first-ever #CMEPalooza – and give credit to Derek Warnick for conceiving and bringing to life such a wonderful professional development opportunity for the CME profession!

There are 3 parts to this lesson, so if you care to skip around, feel free:

  1. Research identifying the natural learning actions, (00:00-06:35)
  2. A resulting new educational design obligation (06:36-14:31)
  3. A set of practical examples of how to apply these lessons in your programs (14:32-23:42)



If you have any questions about the topics discussed herein, let me know – there are nearly countless ways to apply these ideas to improve you educational activities. We would love to help you find that sweet spot where structure and content are married and the learning actions are centralized and simplified.

All the best,


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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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