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What is CPD?
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Research has shown that traditional approaches to Continuing Education (CE) can be effective in both learning and practice change.  Outcomes of learning can be improved if the learning is in an area of interest or preference, related to daily practice, selected in response to identified need, interactive and hands-on, self-directed, focused on specific outcomes and objectives, and if the learning uses more than one intervention (i.e., is continuing, not opportunistic) and includes a "commitment to change." These principles and strategies are all incorporated into Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CPD is not a replacement for CE; it is a means of CE quality improvement.

Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), among others, has called for an overhaul of the education and training of healthcare professionals and recommended that regulatory boards move toward requiring licensed professionals to demonstrate their ability to deliver patient care. The IOM has called for measures of competence and outcomes that are evidence based. In its report released late in 2009, the IOM endorsed the concepts of CPD and recommended a redesign of CE for health professionals based on a new comprehensive vision of professional development. 

Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy

A resource document and two publications that provide additional detail and background regarding CPD are available on the website of the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy (CCP). Click here for a short presentation that provides a summary of the components of the CPD cycle.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) offers the following CPD educational resources to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists, and CE providers. Most of the audio-visual presentations will take approximately one hour with exercises; CPD101 is a bit longer. Click on the links below to access the presentations and their associated documents. Feel free complete the learning self-assessments as well. 

1. CPD101

This presentation describes the concepts and components of CPD, the need to improve how pharmacists approach their continuing education and lifelong learning, and compares and contrasts the traditional CE model with a CPD model.
a. Handouts
b. Worksheets
c. Self-assessment questions
d. Answers
2. Inventory of Learning Styles

This presentation discusses the role of self-reflection in CPD and how to apply learning styles theory to facilitate self-reflection. a. Handouts b. Health Professionals Inventory of Learning Styles (H-PILS) c. Self-assessment questions
d. Answers

This presentation describes the importance and application of reflection in personal and professional development and how to design learning objectives that address the personal and professional goals identified through reflection.
a. Handouts
b. Bloom's Taxonomy
c. Self-assessment questions
d. Answers
4. Act, Evaluate, and Record Your CPD

This presentation describes how to implement a personal learning plan to accomplish identified learning objectives, evaluate your learning and overall CPD process, and develop and maintain a CPD portfolio.
a. Handout
b. Self-assessment questions
c. Answers
5. CPD Portfolio

This document contains worksheets that can help you to get started with your own CPD. The CPD portfolio is intended as a tool to support your learning.

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