A Mixed Methods Study of the Continuing Medical Education Needs of Canadian and Calgary Nephrologists

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Objectives: To determine the continuing medical education (CME) needs of Canadian and Calgary nephrologists. Methods: A mixed-methods approach was taken to determine the educational needs of Canadian and Calgary nephrologists. Data collected included a survey of members of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, individual interviews with Calgary nephrologists, individual interviews with editors of nephrology journals, maintenance of certification data from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and administrative data on hospital admissions from the Foothills Medical Centre (Calgary, Canada) nephrology inpatient service. Results: In general, nephrologists participate in traditional CME, both locally and at national/international conferences, and perceive CME as serving multiple functions, including identifying learning needs, improving learning, and providing opportunities for networking and socializing with colleagues. Although they rate the quality of their current CME activities highly, there are diverse opinions on the ideal content and format of CME. Most, however, appear to prefer in-person to on-line activities and are interested in content areas that they do not encounter frequently while attending on clinical service. A mixed methods approach helped identify key similarities and differences that spanned two or more data sets in the domains of local CME/CPD planning, content characteristics, content topics, format, collegial interactions and barriers. Conclusions: A mixed methods approach to the determination of educational needs of nephrologists provided data that will enable the development of a local CME/CPD program for nephrologists.
Education--Curriculum and Instruction, Medicine and Surgery
Bass, A. (2015). A Mixed Methods Study of the Continuing Medical Education Needs of Canadian and Calgary Nephrologists (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca. doi:10.11575/PRISM/24792