To ensure that residents develop the skills necessary to plan and carry out future life-long plans in their careers as physicians, the ACGME Common Program Requirements state that residents use Practice-based Learning to develop the skills and habits that will allow them to:
By encouraging the development of self-directed learning skills, faculty and mentors can facilitate the processes by which residents take ownership of their own learning and professional development. The resources in this section are provided to assist educators in promoting self-directed learning.
Knowles, M. S. (1975). Self-directed learning: A guide for learners and teachers. New York, NY: Association Press.
Murad, M. H., Varkey, P. (2008). Self-directed learning in health professions education. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, 37: 580-590.
Nothnagle, M., Goldman, R., Quirk, M., Reis, S. (2010). Promoting self-directed learning skills in residency: A case study in program development. Academic Medicine, 85(12): 1874-1879. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181fa02a4
Quirk, M. (2006). Intuition and metacognition in medical education: Keys to developing expertise. New York, NY: Springer.
Su-Ting, T. L., Tancredi, D. J., Co, J. P. T., West, D. C. (2010). Factors associated with successful self-directed learning using individualized learning plans during pediatric residency. Academic Pediatrics, 10(2): 124-130.