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Biostats, Legal Issues and Continuing Professional Development

Published February 8, 2011 11:20 AM by Dean Metz

I'm sincerely questioning my sanity this week. That I decided to tackle "Biostatistics" and "Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Health" in the same semester was nuts enough. One is loaded with calculations and interpretations; the other with reading, more reading, and yet more reading and interpretations. I also decided to tackle the task of fulfilling my continuing professional development (CPD) obligations for the Health Professions Council (the licensing authority for physiotherapists and other professionals here in the UK).

I mentioned last week that I was having a tough time finding courses that were accredited in both New York and Florida. Any course I take in the States is considered part of CPD here, but the paperwork involved is staggering! I've just looked at the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) booklet on creating a CPD portfolio. It is 60 pages long! That's not a booklet! That's a novella!

I will admit, it is well thought-out, emphasizes specific growth areas related to one's current practice and relevance to one's work. In the States, I can take a course on pediatric physical therapy and it counts towards my credits even though I only work with older adults, and will only ever work with them my whole career. Not a careful and thoughtful approach.

I suppose I should be careful what I wish for. Wow, did I get a careful and thoughtful approach! And I still have to get to the States for a course...

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    Dean Metz
    Occupation: Staff Development Specialist
    Setting: New York, NY – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain
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