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Type: Journal article
Title: Professionalism: what is it, why should we have it and how can we achieve it?
Author: Fricker, J.
Kiley, M.
Townsend, G.
Trevitt, C.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 2011; 56(1):92-96
Publisher: Australian Dental Assn Inc
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0045-0421
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JP Fricker, M Kiley, G Townsend, C Trevitt
Abstract: In this paper we argue that the terms 'profession', 'professional' and 'professionalism' provide us with important insights into the practice of dentistry and the priorities for the continuing development of dentistry as a profession. More significantly, we suggest that this understanding can assist us in designing continuing professional development (CPD) programmes aimed at maintaining the professionalism of dentists throughout their working lives. A CPD framework is required to support both the new graduate to develop from novice to expert as well as support experienced practitioners to maintain their expertise within a rapidly changing environment. Rather than an onerous task, CPD should be a positive and enjoyable experience, self-motivated to improve job satisfaction and self-confidence. Research is currently being undertaken to determine what is good CPD for the practising dentist with a view to recommending strategies based on sound educational theory.
Keywords: Continuing Professional Development
dental practice
Rights: © 2011 Australian Dental Association
DOI: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2010.01306.x
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