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Br J Gen Pract. 1993 June; 43(371): 249–253.
PMCID: PMC1372423

Continuing education for general practice. 2. Systematic learning from experience.


Prompted by evidence that the recently-adopted arrangements for ongoing education among established general practitioners are unsatisfactory, the first of a pair of papers examined the theoretical basis of continuing education for general practice and proposed a model of self-directed learning in which the experience of established practitioners is connected, through the media of reading, reflection and audit, with competence for the role. In this paper a practical, systematic approach to self-directed learning by general practitioners is described based on the model. The contribution which appropriate participation in continuing medical education can make to enhancing learning from experience is outlined.

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