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Podiatry CPD Academy

A new learning site by Craig Payne has been launched, the Podiatry CPD Academy in which he is now offering his well known Clinical Biomechanics Boot camp online. It looks as though there will be other courses available on running shoes and critical thiking. I guess we watch this space with interest.

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Tax deduction for CPD

There is quite a controversy developing in Australia over the government planning to amend the tax legislation to limit the amount a professional can claim for tax expenses when it come to CPD. Given that CPD is compulsory and part of what the public expects, then why is the government doing this?

Using Forums for CPD

Forums are a great  way to keep up-to-date with the latest information and interact with thought leaders and ask questions. If you feel as though you do not know something, you can go to a forum and ask a question. Others will answer.  Is that not CPD at it best? Have you not just learned something that you really needed to know the answer to?

There are many forums on the web and the main Podiatry one is Podiatry Arena, though you do not need to restrict yourself to a podiatry specific one, but can get information from many medical ones.

What to do for CPD?

When you mention CPD, most people think of conferences, course or seminar. Why? CPD is about developing professionally and can include anything that improves outcomes for patients.

 

The evidence on adult learning is that adults learn best when they self identify a weakness or deficit and then go out to fix it. What do you want to learn more about to help patients? Identify it. Then find all the different ways you can find out more  about that topic. Its that easy. Its the best way to do CPD.

How useful are conferences for CPD?

Conferences are where all the latest is supposed to be presented by the experts so that all those in attendance can go back and implement all the new stuff into their clinical practice.

How many conferences have you been to that changed your clinical practice on Monday morning? Not many? Then you are not alone.

There are plenty of conferences and they do serve a useful purpose, I just don’t think they are all they are cranked up to be as a means of improving continuing professional education.

PodiaPaedia also has a good listing of podiatry conferences.

What to do in the absensce of evidence?

Evidence based practice is the underpinning of clinical practice. The best evidence combined with clinical experience and patient preferences should always be used in clinical care. A lot of time is spent in health care professional education and continuing education to teach the principle of evidence based practice. Unfortunately, more often than not, good evidence can be difficult to come by to guide the clinical decision making process. For that reason other principles need to be applied. Here is an interesting case study of how much evidence is needed to change practice, especially when the evidence is poor, but makes sense. This is typical of the dilemma the most good evidence based clinicians face on a daily basis.

“Running”

There is so much going on with running, running shoes, running injury and running techniques that it can be hard to know what to believe. Lots of research, lots of opinionated blogs and forum threads. Getting to the bottom of it all can be very hard and knowing what to implement into clinical practice or running training is not easy. There are extremes of views being expressed, a lot of strong clinical opinions from those who are not even clinicians. A lot of the usual collection of argumentative fallacies are used such as cherry picking, confirmation bias and the appeal to authority. Being able to recognize these fallacies can be challenging. It is for all these reasons that I started this blog.