Toward the end of his nearly 50 years of writing books about the character of institutions, Peter Drucker wrote a book titled, " Post-Industrialist Society," and printed in 1993. Increasingly, we are entering a historic age when an institution will be increasingly defined by its ability to manipulate and refine information. The true assets of such an institution would be related to the professional assets managed by this institution. For the book, his thesis was that unless the institution actively pursues a strategy to increase the value of it professional assets, its economic survival will become increasingly marginalized. Comment: you may want to do a search and find out what others have understood about this book. By the way, it is a relatively quick read.
First, I view professional development as an important attribute of a an adapting healthcare industry of the future. Second, I propose that the improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare will be largely the result of fostering the opportunity for the development of an annually revised Professional Achievement Plan by each employee throughout our nation's healthcare industry, beginning in each medical school. Now, that statement should really get someone's attention.
So, I now ask each one who have volunteered to read about a PCA: Have you ever participated in an individualized, annually adapted professional development plan? If so, what was valuable for you and what was not? If you have never done a PCA, hold off until we get a few comments from those that have done a PCA. To be honest, I am not sure that many people will respond in the next 24 hours.