From field of dreams to back to the future? Exploring barriers to participating in continuing professional development (CPD) programs.

Publication date: Feb 01, 2024

In 2009, Yvonne Steinert et al. , at McGill University, published a study exploring barriers to faculty development (FD) participation among urban faculty. Over a decade later, we set out to replicate and expand on that study to learn what has changed in continued professional development (CPD) and what the current barriers are to participation in CPD for specialists and family physicians in rural and urban locations. Informed by a collaborative inquiry research framework, we invited faculty across rural and urban Saskatchewan to focus groups and interview sessions. The results were analyzed for themes. Thirty-four faculty members from both rural and urban areas participated in this study. Of these, 50% were female, 74% practiced in urban areas, and 56% had over 20 years of experience. Frequently cited reasons for nonparticipation included time constraints, organizational and logistical challenges, poor resonance with material and presenters, and lack of recognition for teaching provided. Racism contributed to feelings of disconnectedness among physician faculty members. Even after more than a decade, our research uncovered consistent reasons for nonparticipation in locally organized CPD events. New findings highlighted feelings of disconnectedness, notably stemming from racism and workplace discrimination. However, with recent societal developments brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, can we ride these major waves of change to a new future of engagement? The pandemic led to a shift to virtual and hybrid professional development programs, presenting both benefits and challenges. Additionally, the peri-COVID anti-racism movement may positively address previously unidentified reasons for nonattendance. Harnessing these major changes could lead to a new future of engagement for continued professional development.

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Concepts Keywords
Dreams Barriers
Faculty Community
Racism Continued professional development
Saskatchewan Continuing medical education
Thirty Education
Faculty development
Faculty engagement


Type Source Name
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disease VO LACK
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
pathway REACTOME Reproduction
disease VO Canada
drug DRUGBANK Trestolone
disease MESH burnout
drug DRUGBANK Methylergometrine
disease VO population
drug DRUGBANK Methionine
disease VO biweekly
disease VO mouth
disease VO frequency
drug DRUGBANK Huperzine B
disease MESH emergency
drug DRUGBANK Coenzyme M
disease VO nose
disease IDO host
drug DRUGBANK Tropicamide
disease VO Thing
drug DRUGBANK Isoxaflutole
disease VO organization
disease IDO process
drug DRUGBANK Etoperidone
disease VO Equity
disease VO effective
disease MESH job stress
disease VO report
disease MESH Rheumatoid Arthritis
pathway KEGG Rheumatoid arthritis
drug DRUGBANK Alpha-1-proteinase inhibitor

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