Medical Continuing Education

Continuing education for medical workers is an important tool to maintain current competency with medical advances and to increase the knowledge and skills in either fundamental areas or niche areas of expertise that would be beneficial for lab workers to possess for an operating medical laboratory.

There is a wide variety of educational choices for medical management to choose to have their workers participate in medical continuing education. These choices can be selected to fit individual learning styles or current or upcoming needs of the medical office. Popular continuing education choices include online virtual classes, conferences, hand-on training, workshops, and video and/or audio virtual conferences.

Traditional conferences are an excellent choice for providing a wide variety of continuing education choices. There are specific medical conferences for national organizations targeting specific areas such as chemistry, hematology, and microbiology. In addition, there are usually state or regional conferences for these same organizations that have the advantage of being easier for staff to attend and less costly for the medical management to allow more staff to participate.

Another excellent choice for medical continuing education are audio or teleconferences in which a flat fee is paid to link to the teleconference. The advantage of teleconferences is that the fee to connect is usually very reasonable and most everyone in the staff that is present that day can listen to the information. Another advantage for teleconferences is that usually there is a national expert for the given subject that has been asked to speak and the information is often of a high caliber and better quality than can be obtained with local or regional training.

Another type of medical continuing education is specialty conferences and/or workshops. These conferences are meant to cover in depth the issues and educational aspects of very narrow areas, such as laboratory diagnosis of fungal infections or quality issues surrounding coagulation testing. For some workshops there is a wet lab or hands-on participation component in which either new skills or the latest medical instrumentation is learned.

Online virtual training courses are another excellent source of continuing education. Online training can be found at a wide variety of sources including medical organizations, colleges or universities, and professional training companies. The benefit on online training is that it fits any persons schedule and very specific or targeted training can be found and attained. One disadvantage of virtual training is that because it is not visible it is sometimes hard to complete the training with all of the other day to day duties that a busy medical office or organization requires of its staff. Continuing education must be made a priority of staff and the medical organization management in order for virtual training to be successful.

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