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Reflection on Adult Learning Principles

When was the last time you had an educational experience that was really good? What made it so, what happened in that experience that caused you to be drawn in and participate as a learner? How did what you learn become relevant in your life?

Adults learn in a different way from children and adolescents. There are a unique and specific set of ideas and principles that apply to the adult learning experience. If we have a better understanding these, we can be more effective in our educational experiences as learners, teachers and planners.

Key Takaways:
  • Discuss how experience, reflection and practice support learning, and effect changes in performance.
  • Review effective adult learning practices.
  • Identify key words and practices that make adult learning effective.


Frank Berry currently serves as the Director for MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society's CME and CPD programs, a position he has held for the last 10 years. In this capacity he administers CME program development, for the organization's nationally ACCME accredited CME program, and monitors for compliance for the MedChi Accredited Provider System, an accredited provider program under the ACCME's Recognition System. He also administers the societies other programs for professional development in practice management and development.

Frank has help MedChi maintain a system with 48 accredited providers, and planned and delivered an annual average of 30 direct and jointly sponsored CME and CPD activities. His department conducts educational activities in support of the MedChi Accredited Provider System, including an Annual Provider Workshop. In 2010 MedChi achieved Accreditation with Commendation from the ACCME.

In 2009 Frank completed the NC-CME exam for certification of CME professionals and was awarded CCMEP credentials. Frank is an active member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP), currently serving on the Professional Development Committee and has served as faculty for the Alliance Basics Program. He is the Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for CME (MAACME). He also serves on the Accreditation Review Committee of the ACCME.


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