Wednesday, August 20, 2008

e-learning for clinicians

e-learning is a very hot topic in the world of CME/CE for healthcare professionals. Some may confuse e-learning with e-marketing, but they are not the same.

Well-designed e-learning programs should embrace proper adult learning principles to help clinicians absorb and retain information that will influence their practice behavior. Although there are many different types of adult instructional design models, one of the more popular ones is the "ADDIE" model, which stands for: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.

Do you consider yourself a lifelong learner? How have you been learning recently? Clinicians have the responsibility of keeping up with new information. Guidelines are constantly changing. Medical science advances and new drugs get developed. Paradigms shift. Many years ago, we used to think that smoking cigarettes improves asthma. We've certainly come a long way.

Are you seeking information, or do you receive information as it gets pushed to you through different sources? How do you stay up-to-date with medical information?

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