CONCLUSION

Developing and implementing a new national system to improve continuing professional development on a broad scale, across disciplines and government boundaries, will be difficult but offers the best hope for addressing the host of problems that prevent CE from adequately serving health professionals, patients, and the nation. To help catalyze the transition to a better CPD system—one that is coordinated, harmonized, and efficient—the federal government can play a key role as a central convener, bringing together diverse stakeholders in health care and continuing education who collectively can shape a new national interprofessional institute. In turn, the institute, in collaboration with stakeholders, will be centrally positioned to foster a new CPD system that can prepare all health professionals to perform to their highest potential. Working together, these forces can fulfill the vision of ensuring that the nation has a workforce of health professionals who can provide high quality, safe care and improve patient outcomes.



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