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Online Learning- Boost Your Mind and Your Portfolio

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

Would you like to spend the downtime at work productively? Would you like to achieve a certificate to show that you have been learning and make it count towards your continuing professional development (CPD)? There is an easy way to do this using online resources such e-learning modules that you can pause and come back to at any time on your phone or if you are lucky a computer.


During downtime I am always itching to learn something new and also make it count towards my end of year reviews. I can stop and restart where I left off between the jobs that come up through the shift, by the end of the working day I am able to demonstrate how much time I spent on learning with a certificate of completion.


Some days are far too hectic to spend any time on e-learning, but when I do complete a module I am able to relax in the evening knowing I was able to fit in revision and strengthen my portfolio at the same time.


In this post I would like to show you how to use online learning effectively as a revision technique and how to demonstrate CPD.


Interweaving online learning to a revision schedule

  • Identify a topic in your revision list ensuring that it is specific (e.g. recurrent UTIs).

  • Read any resources as part of your ongoing learning (e.g. national guideline, anatomy of the urinary tract).

  • Complete an online module based on the above (e.g. there is a specific module on managing recurrent UTIs in general practice from ThinkGP).

  • Keep a notebook and pen handy for any interesting points that you learn.

  • Add the new knowledge that you have learned to your existing revision notes.

  • Not all topics will have an online resources however the most common conditions often do, and these show up in exams most of the time.


Reflecting on online learning

  • For bonus points and improved knowledge retention, you can reflect on the e-module or webinar and add it to your portfolio.

  • You can simply write down 2-3 things that you have learned from the online resource and any further reading that needs to be completed.

  • An action plan with SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time orientated) goals can be formulated which serves as a revision guide.

  • The whole activity can take as little as 10-15 minutes and can be structured in bullet points.

  • In the future you can look back on the reflection to review the main learning points and this forms a part of your ongoing revision as well as your portfolio.


Where to find resources

Free e-learning modules are available from most specialty colleges (if you are a trainee) and professional health organisations but you will need to create an online account first. I have included a list of a few important resources and this will be updated over time, if you have any resources to add to this list please email me at Doctorology.podcast@gmail.com.

  • Trauma Victoria

  • Bloodsafe e-learning Australia

  • RACGP webinars (most are free)

  • Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

  • ThinkGP

  • Safer Baby Bundle (from the Stillbirth Centre of research Excellence)

  • NPS Medicinewise

  • Lung Foundation Australia

  • Emerging Minds


Summary

Online learning is an easy and free way to boost your knowledge while simultaneously gaining a certificate to show your hard work. It is also a nice change to revising from a textbook and they are often colourful with helpful illustrations that will enhance the learning experience.

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