Faculty perceptions about Continuing Medical Education activities
BACKGROUND: Many countries across the globe have made major changes in their systems to manage opportunities for professional development of the medical graduates. PMDC has also linked the license to practice with documented proof of CPD/ CME activities. After this decision different recognized institutes are arranging regular CME activities.
AIM: This study was conducted to find the perception of faculty members about the CME activities.
METHODS: This descriptive, cross sectional study was conducted during the month of August-September 2015 at Azra Naheed Medical College Lahore. A structured, pretested, questionnaire was used for data collection. The data were analysed using SPSS v.16.
RESULTS: Out of 37 total participants in this study. 19 (51.4 %) were males and 18 (48.6 %) were females. The age ranges between 26 to 71 with a mean of 44 years. The reason for attending CME inquired and found that PMDC requirement is the reason for 22 (59.5 %), personal development for 8 (21.6 %) and both of the above mentioned reasons accounted for 7 (18.9 %) of the respondents. 21 (56.8 %) respondents reported that mandatory CME is a beneficial decision of PMDC, whereas 15 (40.5 %) reported that it is not a beneficial decision
CONCLUSION: Majority of the faculty members attend CME activities due to the mandatory requirement of PMDC. Although the majority perceive that mandatory CME is a beneficial decision but a reasonable number of faculty especially junior faculty members do not consider it as a beneficial decision.
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