How Can We Engage Learners if They are Unaware of Their Own Educational Gaps?

OLD LYME, CT — NOVEMBER 15, 2016 — Clinicians are often unaware of their own educational gaps and can often demonstrate high levels of confidence in procedures that they are performing suboptimally.1 So, how can we engage learners if they are unaware of their own educational gaps? Over the course of the last 6 months, The France Foundation collaborated with The Calibre Institute for Quality Medical Education to answer this question and deliver impactful biosimilars education that best addresses the needs of clinicians. Our goal was to increase clinician awareness, knowledge, and confidence regarding the role of biosimilars in clinical care, which have the potential for a notably positive impact on patient access to biologic therapy, as well as cost of care.

The full potential of the education is maximized by leveraging principles from the cognitive, behavioral and decisions sciences (ie, the sciences of human learning and behavior change). The application of these principles helps to accelerate understanding of new concepts (even those that learners are unaware they should know), facilitate the acquisition of new skills, and most importantly, increase retention, recall, and appropriate utilization of new information at point-of-care. Find some of the answers to your biosimilars questions here.

1. Barnsley L, Lyon PM, Ralston SJ. et al. Clinical skills in junior medical officers: a comparison of self-reported confidence and observed competence. Med Educ. 2004;38:358-367.

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