Thursday, January 31, 2013

Reflections on ACEHP13 - Halfway Through

The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions annual conference is going on right now in San Francisco.  It is about halfway done now, and this post is a series of my thoughts so far based on discussions I have had, or comments people have made in workshops or plenary presentations, that have impacted me as a part of my personal learning network.
1.       The far-reaching, ultimate goal of continuing education is really about improving and optimizing patient care, specifically at a population/community health level.
2.       Quality improvement and patient safety are not fads; they are an integral part of the practice of health education, and linking education to these areas is crucial to achieving #1 above.
3.       Research about education practices is critical to advance the field.
4.       There is a broad scope of activities beyond “live activities” for education of health professionals [I especially like Performance Improvement CME and Point of Care Learning CME as examples, and we need to be doing more of these].
5.       Emerging technology is becoming more relevant every day in continuing education, and we need to embrace it rather than shy away from it.
6.       We need a new paradigm for health care education that needs to be learner-centric, ultimately to achieve #1 above, and communication skills will be a critical component of that education.
7.       Engaging all members of the health care team (from physicians to pharmacists, from nurses to social workers, just to name a few) is critical to the success of optimal patient care and #1 above.  This includes interprofessional education, and also interprofessional practice.
So what do you think?  What are some other take-home points from the conference so far?  Please let me know by coming to the breakout session I am privileged to host with Dr. Jennifer Gunter on February 1, 2013, at 3:15 pm, on “Perspectives in Learning Through Social Media”.

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