The half-life of knowledge is getting shorter and shorter.
Moore’s law famously states that half of everything we know will be obsolete in 18-24 months.
Half the software professionals believe the skills they have will not be what they need in the next three years. Thus, the "half-life" of their skills is just three years.
“Half of what you are taught in medical school will be wrong in 10 years’ time,” said Sydney Burwell, the former dean of Harvard medical school. And the trouble, he warned, is none of your teachers know which half. In today’s workplace, it doesn’t take long for skills and knowledge to become outdated. Lifelong learning is the only way to stay current and remain competitive.
These are some of the reasons for the popularity of continuing medical education. Medical conferences, workshops, and annual meetings provide an important source of continuing medical education (CME) for doctors. Attendees learn to discard the obsolete and embrace innovative skills, and get to know what works and what doesn’t. They are also exposed to discoveries in basic sciences, newer paths in public health, novel diagnostic tools in labs, and interventions that reduce misery and save lives.
Conferences also provide an opportunity for doctors to socialize with colleagues, exchange research ideas with like-minded professionals, and showcase their work to the funding agencies. The MGIMS faculty and residents also attended several CMEs this year. Attendees learned about the latest research by viewing posters and sitting in on oral presentations. They also earned CME credit and met and heard talks by thought-leaders in their speciality.