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Lifelong learning and the maintenance of certification.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17411559     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Lifelong learning is critical to radiology and the method by which, as professionals, we have kept up to date on new knowledge and developments. The American Board of Medical Specialists and the American Board of Radiology, along with other professional societies such as the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the ACR, identified a need and an opportunity to serve the public and our profession through the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) initiative. These issues of lifelong learning, public concern, and MOC-and their interrelationship-are discussed. Lifelong learning is defined as a continuation of medical education with an ongoing process of professional development along with self-assessment, which enables physicians to maintain the requisite knowledge, skills, and professional standards. Continuing professional development can be grouped into three categories: formal, nonformal, and informal learning. Examples from the author's career illustrate key points. Future technologies and scientific discoveries affect radiology and make the commitment to lifelong learning even more critical. The challenge will be the maintenance of specialty certification and its components and competencies, along with the attainment of knowledge and the skills necessary in our unique practices for quality patient care in the evolving health care environment. These are important challenges to our boards, professional societies, specialty societies, institutions, and practicing community. It is critical to participate actively in these organizations and processes to continue development of the MOC initiative, because it is beneficial to patients, applicable to practicing physicians, and credible to public interests.
John E Madewell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1558-349X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Coll Radiol     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-06     Completed Date:  2007-08-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101190326     Medline TA:  J Am Coll Radiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  199-203; discussion 204-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, Department of Radiology, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Certification / standards*
Clinical Competence*
Competency-Based Education
Education, Medical, Continuing / standards*
Radiation Oncology / education
Radiology / education*
Specialty Boards / standards
Time Factors
United States

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