Lifelong Learning for Professional Development in Psychiatry: Pedagogy, Innovations, and Maintenance of Certification

Jeffrey Hunt, Elizabeth Brannan, Sandra Sexson

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The American Board of Medical Specialties, which includes the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, promotes standards focusing on changes in physicians’ medical knowledge and skills. The authors describe the literature concerning the effectiveness of lifelong learning. They review the status of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Maintenance of Certification program as an example of a model of lifelong learning, including an innovative pilot. The final sections include a discussion of new innovations to consider in continuing professional development and a reflection about the state of lifelong learning within the context of maintenance of certification in psychiatry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-437
Number of pages13
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2019



  • Adult learning theory
  • Continuing professional development
  • Lifelong learning
  • Maintenance of certification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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