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Medical Education: Community of Change
Clinical "communities of practice" can be a key CME tool in changing healthcare quality


Pharmaceutical Executive


Each of these approaches address Lave and Wenger's requirements for communities of practice, and by doing so, also address the needs of the individual clinician who operates within that framework.

Identifying what needs to change and how to implement it is a messy and complicated process for clinical medicine. Each of the tactics described above requires resources, buy-in from multiple stakeholders, and time and commitment for the long haul from providers. It is certain that individual providers cannot do this alone. In fact, providers themselves will need to create communities of practice to address the change that will make this work.

Steve Singer is director of educational services at PeerPoint Medical Education Institute. He can be reached at


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