The importance of lifelong learning for a doctor

The importance of lifelong learning for a doctor

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As a doctor, you need at least six years of studying, or even more in certain countries. Once you become a medical officer, you will be in a comfort zone. So why should you leave your comfort zone and continue studying?
28 Sep 2016 - General
Becoming a physician, nurse or other health care specialist requires many years of education. But the learning doesn’t stop once a license and board certification have been earned and practice begins. The fields of medicine and science never stop moving forward—and neither should physicians. Whether physicians work in clinical care, research, health care administration, or other areas of medicine. Continuous medical education allows a practitioner to learn and discover viable ways to improve on ...
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This is in corollary with the Senate bill in the Philippines that requires professionals, especially physicians, to undergo continuous professional development (CPD) programs and gain units/credits prior to renewal of licenses. There are opportunities to learn, some of which you have to pay, but we have to keep in mind that medicine like any other technology is evolving. We owe it to our patients to provide quality and up-to-date medical care by engaging with different educational endeavors like...
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I still remember how big effort I applied for my medical learning during my university time. That was 5 years and 6 months of time. That was the basic to be a doctor I must say. Because almost all the practical applications are learnt at the wards most of the time. And one thing. Science is a highly dynamic entity. It renews in every second. What I learn now could be changed in next minute as a result of a research or a discovery. So the medical knowledge should be updated. My personal view is l...
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Contemporary medicine continues to evolve, and because of advanced technology in our lifetime, the evolutionary process is becoming faster. What may be a standard form of treatment this year, may be replaced by another treatment modality next year. That's why its important for healthcare providers to be updated. This can be done on a personal level, by installing journal apps or educational apps on your gadgets, or by attending local and international conferences. For junior doctors and hea...
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