drawing of classroom meeting    Module 1 – Unit 8:  Exploring the Topic

Keeping Up-to-Date in Health Care

Think About It  How do you keep up-to-date in your field on your own? How much do you learn from colleagues? Do you find the time to read and study on your own?

Use the information in the chart below to ask different classmates or colleagues about their experiences. When someone answers “Yes” to a question, write his or her name in the second column and ask another question to get more information. For example, “What book are you reading now?” for No. 1. Write the answer in the third column.

FIND SOMEONE WHO . . .

Name

Other Information

1.

…reads a new health care book each year.

   

2.

…subscribes to a professional journal.

   

3.

…reads an online publication regularly.

   

4.

…knows a website with a free online publication in health care.

   

5.

…has contributed to a health care web log (blog) or e-group.

   

6.

…attended a medical conference in their country.

   

7.

…knows the name of a medical conference in the U.S.

   

8.

…has given a presentation at a seminar or conference.

   

9.

…has published an article in his or her area of specialty.

   

10.

…likes to discuss health care issues with new people he or she meets.

   

Performance evaluations often include a section about an employee’s interest in and commitment to ongoing learning and professional development. Read the section from a performance evaluation form below. Answer the question about yourself, based on your current or most recent job and professional experiences in health care.

PLEASE RATE YOURSELF ON THE FOLLOWING USING THIS GUIDE:

Excellent. All basic requirements in this section mastered. Exceeds expectations in most areas; requires minimal supervision.
Above Average. Basic job requirements performed satisfactorily; requires normal supervision and encouragement.
Average. Has not achieved all requirements in this section; requires more than the normal amount of supervision. 
Unsatisfactory. Many requirements have not been achieved; needs unusually high level of supervision.


AFTER RATING YOURSELF, PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR ANSWER.

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH (maintains currency in professional literature; attends local, state, and/or national CE meetings, keeps up to date on current procedures.): ____________________________________________________________________________________________

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