One of the significant tools for supporting continuing professional development (CPD) is the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) publication the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine as well as other journals for example the Journal Biological Photography, British Journal of Photography, British Medical Journal and specialist journals associated with specific areas of medicine, education and illustration.
The aim of this learning activity is to look at journals and CPD together with specific activities to help you engage with current literature, practice and research. The paper is divided into three sections 'Writing for a journal', 'Peer review' and 'Using the journal'.
If you look at the examples of CPD activities suggested by both IMI and the Health Professions Council (HPC) one of the recurring themes is the role of journals. Journals, alongside conferences, regional and national meetings, are one of the key means of dissemination of research and supports for professional development.
Task 1 What kind of topics could you write about?
Task 2 Practicing peer reviewing a paper including capturing your peer reviews for the Journal as part of your CPD
Task 3 Record your peer reviews as part of your CPD
Task 4 Investigate journal clubs as a way of sharing good practice
- Recognised the importance of contributing to journals as part of your continuing proifessional development.