Defining Professional Development in Medicine, Psychiatry, and Allied Fields

Donald M. Hilty, Howard Y. Liu, Dorothy Stubbe, John Teshima

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Professional development refers to training, formal education, and/or advanced professional learning intended to help clinicians, teachers, researchers, and administrators improve their professional knowledge and effectiveness. Institutions have been trying to adapt to a rapidly changing internal and external environment, with resource constraints and competitive health care. Professional development may be contextualized using adult development, educational, and organizational perspectives, and most best practices overlap. Key partners are faculty, departments, institutions, and national organizations. Interprofessional, team-based and project-based longitudinal initiatives may ignite educational innovations, and serve as a method to learn authentically in the workplace, promote socialization, and change attitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-356
Number of pages20
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2019


  • Career
  • Development
  • Faculty
  • Medicine
  • Organization
  • Profession
  • Professional
  • Psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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