Anyone involved in continuing medical education is aware of the typical scene…the KOL heads to the CME event, with a trusty USB memory stick in hand,
arriving with minutes to spare. The PowerPoint file is located amongst a hundred other presentations on the memory stick, the lights are dimmed, let the learning begin. If only the speaker would talk to the audience and not the screen! Hopefully the meal is good because that is likely all the audience will remember.
This traditional approach to adult learning defies what is known to constitute “good practice” in adult education. The reason most adults enter any learning environment is to create change in their skills, behaviour, knowledge, or attitude. Perhaps if we provided a better learning experience it would be easier to get physicians to participate in future CME programs.