Learning to Work Together Through Talk: Continuing Professional Development in Medicine

Walter Eppich, Jan-Joost Rethans, Pim Teunissen, Tim Dornan

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This chapter highlights the essential role of discourse in learning and the development of physicians’ professional identity. Shared understanding and co-construction of clinical experiences—and learning—are mediated through talk. We argue how contemporary continuing professional development focuses on knowledge acquisition that is divorced from authentic clinical practice. We provide examples of structures that strengthen collective learning processes and steer the discourse of practice in ways that promote learning. Patient focused-quality improvement projects and simulations aligned to workplace needs could meet the requirement for continuous professional development to be both measurable and linked to authentic practice. Future work could usefully further explore how steering the talk of practice can promote learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSupporting Learning Across Working Life
Subtitle of host publicationModels, Processes and Practices
EditorsStehpan Billett, Darryl Dymock, Sarojni Choy
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-29019-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-29017-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

SeriesProfessional and Practice-based Learning

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