Reimagining physician development and lifelong learning: An ecological framework

Paul E. Mazmanian, Ronald M. Cervero*, Steven J. Durning

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Learners and leaders in medical education recognize the remarkable growth in clinically relevant information, persistent changes in the organization of health care, and the need to develop physicians able to adapt successfully to changes in their lives and practices. The success of those physicians and of those who facilitate their learning depends on a careful understanding of the psychological, social, and biological factors that influence physician development and lifelong learning. To improve research and policy, development and learning must be explored for finer understandings of physicians in relation to other beings and to the physical and social surroundings most conducive to better learning and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-298
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Career transitions
  • Lifelong learning
  • Strategic issues in CME/CPD


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