Many states have mandated continuing education requirements for licensed health care practitioners; the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is developing a mandatory certification renewal program (Collins, 1996); and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) continues to develop a voluntary program (AOTA, 1999).
The recent NBCOT AOTA debate on continuing competency represents the mandatory versus voluntary debate taking place in many other professions.
OBJECTIVE: To offer an alternative perspective on current continuing education practices and to propose a model for facilitating continuing education in the athletic training workplace.
BACKGROUND: Professional knowledge can quickly become outdated, and the personal/professional contexts of allied medical fields such as athletic training are becoming increasingly more complex, making continuing education paramount.
On-the-job training (in the domain of application) and being mentored had a significantly greater impact than formal educational programs less than 3 hr in length. Informal continuing education activities, in some cases, are perceived to have as effective an impact on continuing competency of occupational therapy practitioners as formal continuing education activities. Andersen, Ed D, OTR/L, is Visiting Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Florida International University, University Park Campus, Miami, Florida (Mailing address: 4021 SW 72nd Terrace, Davie, Florida 33314) This article was accepted for publication September 9, In recent years, controversy has surrounded the development of continuing competency programs.
Enter a word (or two) above and you'll get back a bunch of portmanteaux created by jamming together words that are conceptually related to your inputs.The purpose of this exploratory study was to evaluate Florida-licensed occupational therapy practitioners perceptions of the impact of various continuing education activities on their continuing competency. A self-report mail survey was used to evaluate occupational therapy practitioners perceptions of various continuing education activities in three domains: (a) learning, (b) application, and (c) results. Occupational therapy practitioners perceptions of the impact of continuing education activities on continuing competency.The respondents perceptions of the impact of specific continuing education activities were compared. As rated by the respondents, formal programs 1 or more days in length had a significantly greater impact than most informal continuing education activities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, Lori T.Therefore, alternative aspects of continuing education may be helpful.DESCRIPTION: This article consists of a brief synthesis of related literature that offers an alternative perspective of continuing education and proposes a model for facilitating continuing education in the workplace.Occupational Therapy Practitioners Perceptions of the Impact of Continuing Education Activities on Continuing Competency Lori T.