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Mastery Learning, Continuing Professional Education, and Maintenance of Certification

  • Clara SchroedlEmail author
  • Graham T. McMahon
  • William C. McGaghie
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Abstract

This chapter addresses mastery learning in health professions education contexts of continuing professional education (CPE) and maintenance of certification (MOC). These are new applications of the mastery learning model, extending lessons learned from their application in undergraduate and graduate medical education. The chapter begins with a section about challenges in current methods of health professions CPE and MOC. It continues with a detailed discussion about CPE and MOC: rationale, evidence of effectiveness, evolution, requirements, how CPE and MOC differ from undergraduate and postgraduate education, driving self-awareness, and lessons learned. A following section covers the relevance, application, and potential of the mastery learning model to CPE and MOC. This section uses a clinical example about education for veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) among medical intensive care providers. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion about future directions for mastery learning approaches to CPE in the health professions.

Keywords

Continuing medical education (CME) Continuing professional development (CPD) Continuing professional education (CPE) Maintenance of certification (MOC) Mastery learning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clara Schroedl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Graham T. McMahon
    • 2
    • 3
  • William C. McGaghie
    • 4
  1. 1.Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Medical EducationChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical EducationPresident and CEOChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineAdjunct Professor, Departments of Medical Education and MedicineChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departments of Medical Education and Preventive MedicineChicagoUSA

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