Continuing Education in Health Professions



The purpose of this course is to provide learners with a comprehensive and working knowledge of the field of continuing health professional education in the context of knowledge translation (KT). This is an expanding area of higher education and professional practice to which increasing academic attention is directed. In particular, the application of CE and continuing professional development to closing the clinical care gap between what is known and what health professionals actually do, has assumed significance in the Canadian context. This modular five day, intensively participatory course is meant to provide both a theoretical and practical base for professional application and a basis for understanding “knowledge translation” from an educational perspective.


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe characteristics of the professional learner;
  • Discuss the impact of learning style differences, and age and stage of learning on professional learning activities;
  • Identify and discuss current issues in continuing professional education including: practice guidelines, outcomes measurement, evidence based learning, self-directed learning, quality assurance, and interdisciplinary training;
  • Discuss the steps in conducting a continuing education program, strategy or intervention from inception to completion including: needs assessment, writing objectives, matching methods and curricula to goals, and evaluation of program effectiveness;
  • Discuss the impact of newer electronic technologies on continuing education.

Format: Lecture / Seminar


Short paper: 10%
Class presentation: 15%
Class discussion: 5%
Final essay: 70%

Davis D, Barnes B, & Fox R. The continuing professional development of physicians: From research to practice. Chicago IL: AMA Press, 2003.


Tel: 416.978.8363


Participants must be licensed in a recognized health profession or a senior trainee therein.
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