Ongoing Professional Development (ongoing + professional_development)

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Improving communication between health and infant mental health professionals utilizing ongoing Collaborative Peer Supervision Groups

Michael Thomasgard
This article discusses the use of Collaborative Peer Supervision Groups (CPSG) to promote ongoing professional development for those who work with infants, toddlers, and their families. Our model's strength and clinical utility result from its three major components: (a) a relationship-based perspective that acknowledges the important role that feelings and emotions play across the life span, (b) a peer supervision model that helps to ensure that no individual or discipline is "the expert," and (c) a collaborative case-based continuing-education experience. Salient features of forming and maintaining a CPSG group are discussed including access to a Web site containing many key start-up and evaluation materials. Existing barriers to effective communication between disciplines are discussed as are specific methods to structure case data. Additional tools to help anchor a CPSG are considered as are methods of evaluation. Two case presentations are considered to illustrate group process. Lessons learned from such groups are highlighted. Our intent is to provide sufficient background material so that others with a similar interest will be comfortable starting and maintaining a CPSG group on their own. 2004 Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. [source]

The need for nurses to have in service education to provide the best care for clients with chest drains

The need for nurses to have in service education to provide the best care for clients with chest drains Chest drains are a widespread intervention for patients admitted to acute respiratory or cardiothoracic surgery care areas. These are either inserted intraoperatively or as part of the conservative management of a respiratory illness or thoracic injury. Anecdotally there appears to be a lack of consensus among nurses on the major principles of chest drain management. Many decisions tend to be based on personal factors rather than sound clinical evidence. This inconsistency of treatment regimes, together with the lack of evidence-based nursing care, creates a general uncertainty regarding the care of patients with chest drains. This study aimed to identify the nurses' levels of knowledge with regard to chest drain management and identify and to ascertain how nurses keep informed about the developments related to the care of patients with chest drains. The data were collected using survey method. The results of the study revealed deficits in knowledge in a selected group of nurses and a paucity of resources. Nurse managers are encouraged to identify educational needs in this area, improve resources and the delivery of in service and web-based education and to encourage nurses to reflect upon their own knowledge deficits through portfolio use and ongoing professional development. [source]

Discussing withdrawing and withholding of life-sustaining medical treatment in a tertiary paediatric hospital: A survey of clinician attitudes and practices

Tom Forbes
Aim: To better understand current attitudes and practices relating to discussions concerning the withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining medical treatment (WWLSMT) among medical staff in the paediatric setting. Methods: An anonymous online survey of paediatricians (senior medical staff , SMS) and paediatric trainees (junior medical staff , JMS) likely to be involved in the care of children with life limiting illness. Results: A total of 162 responses were obtained (response rate 42%). SMS indicated feeling more comfortable with their abilities to discuss WWLSMT than JMS. Barriers to discussing WWLSMT were numerous and included clinician concerns about family readiness for the discussion, prognostic uncertainty, family disagreement with the treating team regarding the child's prognosis/diagnosis and concerns about how to manage family requests for treatments that are not perceived to be in the child's best interests. Fifty-eight per cent of JMS and 35.8% of SMS reported receiving no specific communication training regarding WWLSMT. Most learned through experience and by observing more senior colleagues. There was a high level of support for additional training in this area and for the provision of resources such as discussion guidelines and a structured form for documenting the outcomes WWLSMT discussions. Conclusion: The majority of JMS feel less comfortable with their abilities to facilitate these discussions than their senior colleagues. The results of this study suggest that although confidence correlates with experience, junior and senior clinicians are eager to improve their skills through ongoing professional development and the provision of resources. The education needs of JMS and SMS appear to be different. [source]

Conducting the symphony: a qualitative study of facilitation in problem-based learning tutorials

Tracey Papinczak
Context, Tutors in problem-based learning (PBL) tutorials have a complex role to play in facilitating students' learning. This includes providing support for students' acquisition of content knowledge and skills in critical thinking, coaching of group processes and modelling of reflective practice. Few studies which investigate the key role of tutors in the PBL tutorial process are qualitative in design. Methods, This study explores the nature and technique of facilitation provided by PBL tutors from the students' viewpoint. Data were obtained from written responses to an open-ended question asking students about the effectiveness of their PBL tutor(s) and from in-depth interviews carried out with two randomly selected students. Results, Three main themes arose from the inductive analysis of qualitative data: (i) role confusion by tutors; (ii) tutor management of sensitive issues, and (iii) facilitation ,style'. The theme of tutors' facilitation style was dominant and three sub-categories were apparent. These were: (i) managing the learning in PBL tutorials; (ii) facilitating group processes, and (iii) guiding group discussion. Conclusions, Findings highlight the need for tutors to regularly review the PBL tutorial processes and group dynamics within the tutorial setting. These findings have implications for tutor training and programmes of ongoing professional development for PBL facilitators. [source]

The annual scientific conference: what does the future hold?

Michael Hollands
It is now expected that medical practitioners around the world will engage in ongoing professional development. Many Colleges, medical associations and societies have made completion of appropriate continuing professional development (CPD) mandatory and medical registration in some jurisdictions is predicated on participation in a CPD programme. This commits doctors to a programme of lifelong learning. [source]

An Assessment of the Faculty Development Needs of Junior Clinical Faculty in Emergency Medicine

Heather Farley MD
Abstract Objectives:, Academic physicians must be able to access the resources necessary to support their ongoing professional development and meet requirements for continued academic advancement. The authors sought to determine the self-perceived career development needs of junior clinical faculty in emergency medicine (EM) and the availability of educational resources to meet those needs. Methods:, An educational "needs assessment" survey was distributed to 954 American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) members listed in the ACEP database as being faculty at EM residency programs in the United States and having graduated from an EM residency within the past 7 years. Respondents were asked to rank the importance of 22 areas of faculty development to their own professional growth and then to indicate whether educational resources in each area were available to them. Respondents were also asked to note the educational formats they prefer. A search for currently available resources in each topic area was undertaken and compared to the survey results. Results:, A total of 240 responses were received. Self-perceived career development needs were identified in the following areas: bedside teaching, lecture development, business skills, managerial skills, educational research, mentorship and career counseling, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, scholarly writing skills, physician wellness, and knowledge of the faculty development process. While a review of currently available educational resources revealed lectures, conferences, and online materials pertinent to most of these topics, a relative lack of resources in the areas of mentorship and physician wellness was identified. Conclusions:, Junior clinical faculty in EM perceive a lack of educational resources in a number of areas of faculty development. The academic community of EM should strive to improve awareness of and access to currently existing resources and to develop additional resources to address the area of physician wellness. The lack of mentorship in academic EM continues to be a problem in search of a solution. [source]