The possession of general and specialty-specific knowledge and information
What is it?
Having medical knowledge means staying current on the latest practices in the field, with both the wide body of knowledge and technical skills to provide excellent care.
Why is it important?
The beauty of science and research is that we are always learning something new. This means that practices and accepted knowledge from a few years ago may no longer be true. As such, it is critical to stay up to date on current research and what is the most up-to-date information in the medical field, especially around a given specialty. Keeping up with current medical knowledge means you will be providing your patients with the best possible care you and science can offer them.
Capitalize on Resources and Opportunities
While there have been significant changes in medical knowledge and practices, the healthcare field and professionals continues to establish ways to assist providers in keeping up to date with the information. Journal clubs have been established by physicians to review cases and current research with co-workers. In person and online conferences provide physicians with a space to share, learn, and discuss information. Hospitals and associations provide access to journals, books, and ongoing trainings. Part of being a professional is continuing education and being engaged and current in your field is what will keep you on the top.
Know your Learning Style
For a physician, time is an important, but often limited resource. Finding ways to save time is critical in both maximizing productivity and also maintaining a healthy work/leisure balance. Understanding your learning style and playing towards your strengths is one way to save time and capitalize on efficiency. Some individuals are visual learners, while others gather information more easily through verbal instruction. Modeling and kinesthetic (learning by doing) are other examples of learning styles that individuals may prefer. Knowing your learning style helps you to more effectively take in information.
Develop a Growth Mindset
If we view ourselves as constantly growing and developing, we are encouraged to continue to seek out education and to improve ourselves. We have an immense capacity to learn and it is a wonderful and valuable thing to continue working on our growth. As you foster this growth mindset within yourself, you will want to seek out new knowledge and to challenge yourself to stay as current on medical knowledge as possible. Shift your attitude and the practice of keeping current with research will not seem like a chore, but rather a joy.