A comparative analysis of the perceived continuing medical education needs of a cohort of rural and urban Canadian family physicians

Can J Rural Med. 2007 Summer;12(3):161-6.

Abstract

Objective: To assess the perceived continuing medical education (CME) needs of a cohort of Canadian family physicians.

Methods: We distributed a questionnaire survey to Canadian family physicians who became Certificant members of the College of Family Physicians in 2001 and practised outside the province of Quebec. Main outcome measures were self-reported CME needs, professional development needs and preferences for CME delivery methods.

Results: We distributed 482 surveys and 197 questionnaires were returned for a response rate of 40.9%. Significant differences between rural and urban respondents' self-reported CME needs were found in the clinical areas of dermatology, endocrinology, emergency medicine, musculoskeletal, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, psychiatry and urology. Generally, a greater proportion of rural respondents reported significantly higher CME needs in emergency medicine. Urban respondents reported a significant preference for consulting colleagues as a method of CME, while rural respondents reported a significant preference for videoconferencing.

Conclusion: Self-reported CME needs and preferences for CME delivery methods differ on the basis of region of practice and size of the community in which family physicians' practise.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Needs Assessment
  • Rural Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urban Health Services / statistics & numerical data*