Programme no. 405-SY
Professional Development
Nordic models for securing GP:s learning – what can we learn from each other?
Gösta Eliasson*1, Roar Maagaard2, Johann A Sigurdsson3, Robert Tunestveit4, Elise Kosunen5, Ida Liseckiene6
1Education,Swedish Association of General Practice,Stockholm,Sweden, 2Videreuddannelsesudvalget,Dansk Selskab for Almen Medicin & PLO-Efteruddannelse,København,Denmark, 3Dept. of Family Medicine,University of Iceland,Reykjavik ,Iceland, 4Allmennmedisinsk utdanningsutvalg,Norsk forening for allmennmedisin,Oslo,Norway, 5Dept. of General Practice,University of Tampere,Tampere,Finland, 6Dept. of Family Medicine,Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LUHS),Kaunas,Lithuania
* = Presenting author
Objectives: To discuss pros and cons as well as lessons learnt from systems used to secure GPs continuing professional development (CPD).
Background: The design of CME/CPD systems varies considerably between different countries and knowledge about pros and cons of other countries’ learning systems is quite sparse.

The EU Parliament has recently amended the Directive of recognition of professional qualifications, emphasizing the responsibility of EU countries to facilitate continuing professional development (CPD) among professionals.

Content: During this symposium, educationalists from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Island, Lithuania and Sweden will give a brief outline on how CME/CPD for general practitioners/family physicians is organized, secured and regulated in Nordic countries.

Then, by highlighting perceived strengths and weaknesses of each system, they will reflect on how to support innovation and development of learning structures in order to achieve a more robust system. At this stage, the audience will be invited to join the discussion.

This event will end up with a presentation of the lessons learnt from the symposium, which might be of help for those who want to get guidance in developing existing national systems.

Method: Presentation followed by discussion whith participation of audience
Other considerations: Participating countries: Sweden, Denmark, Island, Norway, Finland and Lithuania