Making It Stick: Use of Active Learning Strategies in Continuing Medical Education

BMC Medical Education (01/11/2021) Bucklin, Brenda A.; Asdigian, Nancy L.; Hawkins, Joy L.; et al.

A survey of 350 U.S. and Canadian medical professionals associated with the Society of Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) gauged knowledge, usage, attitudes and barriers to active learning (AL) use in academic continuing medical education (CME). Many of the 146 responding SACME members rated their self-perceived knowledge of AL as high, and advanced training positively correlated with AL knowledge. Half the CME activities in 80% of the surveyed institutions reportedly used AL methods, and higher levels of self-perceived knowledge correlated with a larger portion of AL-related CME activities. Barriers to AL usage were presenters' unfamiliarity and a need for more time-consuming preparation. The authors concluded that infrequent AL use in many CME activities is often the result of limited resources such as faculty development and institutional recognition for AL education. They said they would welcome collaboration between the Association of American Medical Colleges and SACME to boost awareness of AL and the consideration of its usage and implementation.

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