Executive Report  |   March 2015
Building a Safe and Confident Future: ASA’s Continuous Professional Development Initiatives
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Executive Report   |   March 2015
Building a Safe and Confident Future: ASA’s Continuous Professional Development Initiatives
ASA Monitor 03 2015, Vol.79, 8-9.
ASA Monitor 03 2015, Vol.79, 8-9.
Physician anesthesiologists today are emerging with the building blocks that continue to create safer care for the patients they serve, along with raising the standards in the profession for a confident future. It is vital that ASA understand the systems by which our members operate so we can develop the capacities and improve the skills our residents need to help maintain the future of anesthesiology. At the same time, it is vital we meet the needs of experienced practitioners who are functioning at various levels of the spectrum in their career.
Continuing professional development is one of the primary frameworks for achieving these goals, and for encouraging physician anesthesiologists to take responsibility for improving their practices and helping to create systems-based workplaces in which they will be supported as leaders in their care team. This framework seeks to ensure that educational opportunities are meaningful, plentiful and learner-centric. “Learner-Centric,” or “learner-centered teaching,” is an approach supported by extensive research that emphasizes the use of a variety of different types of teaching methods and shifts the role of the instructors from givers of information to facilitators of the learning process. The dimensions within this framework help learners identify which bodies of medical and clinical knowledge are needed at certain points throughout the physician anesthesiologist’s career. Tools incorporated into the educational design of each activity should be developed that aide in improving practice as an individual self-selects specific learning activities and identifies areas for continuous quality improvement.
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