The importance of Continuing Medical Education through Modular Learning

22 Sep 2017

The importance of Continuing Medical Education through Modular Learning

The aesthetic medicine industry appears to attract more than its fair share of media attention. In some respects this seems unfair as people, predominantly women but increasingly men, spend huge sums on hair products and skin creams. On the other hand, there are real, if rare, side effects from non-surgical interventions such as botulinum neurotoxin wrinkle reduction and dermal filler injection.

Since Professor Sir Bruce Keogh’s report into the aesthetic industry in 2013 attention has been directed at the regulation. Or rather, since toothbrushes were found to have more stringent regulatory criteria than dermal fillers, a belated move towards education in the sector has begun.

Education is now the ‘buzzword’ and a formal program for the UK is due to be in place in 2018, managed by HEE. For many years now doctors and dentists have been required to engage in annual appraisal and this has now spread to include nurses, together probably the majority of non-surgical practitioners presently. CME is well-established as ‘Continuing Medical Education and evidencing this in appraisals now mandatory. The internet provides a par excellence medium through which to acquire background knowledge that short-circuits, and importantly better prepares, practitioners for practical training.

Alongside CME is CPD, effectively a private company established with the aim of ratifying educational resources, as a means of quality control, but both are interchangeable and evidence formal learning. The ‘D’ draws on the fact that education is the prequel to development. Specific teaching method styles notwithstanding, fundamental educational principles include knowledge provision followed by some sort of assessment in order to judge and validate the learning.

The best CME will provide some historical background in order to place it in context. It should then draw on contemporaneous principles of best practice, that is evidence-based medicine (EBM) whereby comparative trials actually demonstrate a proven benefit of one strategy over another. Ideally published through a process of peer review. In this way standards should not only be maintained but continuously improved for patient safety and benefit.

HSEL was founded to draw upon a career-long background in both academic research and teaching interest in order to best and most widely disseminate the basic knowledge to equip modern day practitioners in search of the safest and best possible outcomes. With so much to try and learn a modular system allows precise tailoring of personal learning and professional development to the individual.

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