Continuing Professional Development

 

From the standpoint of exponential medical advances seen today, the centrality of continuing professional development (CPD)/continuing medical education (CME) as a system that ensures professional competence can neither be undermined nor overlooked. Enhancing safety and providing improved patient care is a life-long obligation for physicians.

 

Although CPD and CME are used interchangeably, there exists a clear disparity between the two. CME is a part of CPD; CPD caters to a wide spectrum of competencies required for high-quality medical practice, including medical, managerial, ethical, social and personal skills.

 

The process of maintaining competence through CPD encompasses the following 7distinct facets:

CPD

 

CPD facilitates the physicians to reflect on acquired competence and fit the knowledge into existing healthcare system to improve the quality of patient care.