Lifelong learning is essential for the practicing physician, yet continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) units at academic medical centers (AMCs) have been historically underappreciated and under-resourced. Their integration into AMC leadership structures continues to vary widely among institutions. Without necessary resources and leadership alignment, many units are less able to focus on advancing CME/CPD to offer and study innovative educational opportunities that may enhance learner and patient outcomes. Using benchmarking data and recommendations from national leaders in the field, a CPD Hierarchy of Needs was created to frame the strategic development of CME/CPD units. This five-level hierarchy includes priorities such as (1) securing investment, (2) building infrastructure, (3) integrating into AMC leadership structures, (4) promoting data-driven interventions, and (5) advancing educational innovation. Recommendations to use the CME/CPD Hierarchy of Needs are described to convey the significance of CME/CPD units to AMCs and to the lifelong learning of practicing physicians.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||The Journal of continuing education in the health professions|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2020|
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