A fascinating article came out recently in the Postgraduate Medical Journal describing point-of-care resources for continuing medical education (CME). In this article, the authors describe the current state of how health care providers access resources to help them care for patients. They stress that self-directed learning is critical to the lifelong learning process. The fact that health care practitioners (HCPs) “drink from the firehose” of information certainly strengthens the need to consider point of care resources over traditional methods of attempting to “read the journals when they arrive.”
I enjoyed reading this article, especially the part describing how technology is playing an ever-increasing role in the education of physicians and other HCPs. This “on-demand”-education (also known as “just-in-time” learning, or JITL for short) is aptly described in this paper. More about JITL in primary care was written in JCEHP back in 2013, and can be found here.
I’m curious what readers of JCEHP and others in the continuous professional development community think about point-of-care resources. Do your physician and HCP learners take advantage of such resources? Beyond “getting the credits”, why else do you think learners might prefer this method of learning? What can our community do to help foster the use of point-of-care resources?
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