Message from the Associate Dean Lifelong Learning (L3)
Lifelong Learning (L3) at the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, is striving to create a comprehensive, new vision of lifelong learning – promoting learning as a continuum, that is competency-based as well as patient-focused, and aligned with quality.
In order to ensure learning is aimed at improving patient care, population health and health care quality, we must ensure all health care professionals engage effectively in a process of lifelong learning that is holistic - incorporating a broad variety of learning methods and theories, is learner driven and allows learning to be tailored to an individual’s needs.
There is increasing evidence for promoting self-monitoring of continuing competence and disseminating methods of incorporating quality into learning. It is time to think of learning as a continuum - physicians must consider themselves as “lifelong students of medicine” rather than viewing medical education in terms of silos as they go from medical student status to clinical practitioners. To accommodate this goal, we as an academic medical establishment must provide meaningful, relevant opportunities for adult learning that are contextual, occur in real time, and are measurable in terms of improving patient outcomes.
L3 is determined to provide individualized learning opportunities for all health-care professionals, geared towards changing and optimizing health care quality and patient outcomes. In doing so, it will endeavor to inspire collaboration across organizational boundaries at national, provincial and local levels. L3 is leading the development of evidence-based educational interventions that use innovative techniques and new enabling technology in order to encourage knowledge translation as a dynamic and iterative process, and using ethically sound application of knowledge to improve patient and health care quality outcomes.
We invite you to come and join us at L3 in our mission to foster and promote a learning system that establishes our healthcare system as responsive and safe for our society.
Khurram Jahangir, BSc(Hons), MBChB, CCFP(EM), MRCGP, MFSEM, DRCOG, DFFP
Associate Dean, Lifelong Learning & Quality Improvement