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MANUSCRIPT: Redesigning Continuing Education in the Health Professions – Institute of Medicine (2010)

A workforce of knowledgeable health professionals is critical to the discovery and application of health care practices to prevent disease and promote wellbeing. Yet today’s professional health workforce is not consistently prepared to provide high quality health care and assure patient safety. One contributing factor to this problem is the absence of a comprehensive and well-integrated system of continuing education in the health professions.

At the request of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, the IOM convened a committee to consider the establishment of a national interprofessional continuing education institute dedicated to the improvement of continuing education for the health care workforce. The committee’s report, Redesigning Continuing Education in the Health Professions, examines continuing education for all health professionals, explores development of a national continuing education institute, and offers guidance on the establishment and operation of an institute to develop a coordinated continuing professional development system.

via Redesigning Continuing Education in the Health Professions – Institute of Medicine.

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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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