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Paediatr Anaesth. 2008 Aug;18(8):697-701. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9592.2008.02670.x.

Continuing medical education in pediatric anesthesia--a theoretical overview.

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  • 1Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands.


The importance of continuing medical education (CME) as a method of improving the quality of care of children undergoing anesthesia is universally recognized. This article, which is based on a presentation at the FEAPA European Conference on Paediatric Anaesthesia in September 2007 in Amsterdam, gives a theoretical overview of continuing education and introduces some generic educational concepts, such as the CRISIS-criteria and Kirkpatrick's evaluation model, which are as relevant to pediatric anesthesia as to other areas of medical practice. The terms CME and continuing professional develop are described. Some consideration is given to how anesthesiologists can assess the potential worth of an educational activity for their practice. No attempt will be made to judge particular educational activities, as the choice of the most appropriate activity rests primarily with the individual.

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