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Natl J Integr Res Med. 2016; 7(2): 106-109

Continuous Professional Development: Faculty Views On Need, Impact And Barriers

Mrs. M P Jiandani*,Dr.Rahul Bogam**, Dr.Chinmay Shah***,Dr S Prabhu#, Dr B Taksande##.

Background& Objective:Ever changing dynamic field of science, technology and health care had made it essential for a health care professional to keep abreast of the latest development. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) can be considered as a process in which individual practitioners identify their own learning needs, makes plan to meet those objectives and finally evaluates the effectiveness of the plan .Perceived barriers to CPD vary significantly by individual’s personal characteristics, job position, and organizational factors. Present study was done to explore the faculty views of CPD in terms of its need, methods, impact and barriers. Objectives: 1.To assess the perceptions of healthcare faculty about Continuous Professional Development 2.To identify the barriers perceived by health care faculty for Continuous Professional Development.Methodology:A Cross Sectional study was conducted among 32 faculty,enrolled for Foundation for Advancement in International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Fellowship programme at one of the regional institutes of India. A self- administered structured and modified questionnaire was given to participants as a part of Mentoring and Learning (ML) web sessions through ‘Survey Monkey”.Results:In the study, 16 (50%) out of 32 faculty members participated, where majority of participants considered attending conferences, reading journals and E-learning Modules as a CPD activity undertaken in the past one year . Nearly all participants agreed that CPD can make positive change in terms of diagnostic and treatment practices (81.25%), knowledge acquisition (100%) as well as attitude (93.75%) towards patients. Availability of study leave (56.25%) and work-life balance (75%) were significant barriers to participation. Participants strongly believed that CPD helps to recognize knowledge gaps, promoted self-reflection and focused endeavours.Conclusion:Present study reported good knowledge, favourable attitudes and practices towards Continuous Professional Development activities among health care faculty members. The study also revealed combination of responses among faculty about their own CPD activities. [Jiandani M NJIRM 2016; 7(2):106-109]

Key words: Continuing Professional development, Knowledge, Perceptions

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