Personal development plan is a structured and supported process to assist students in arranging their own personal educational and career progression. Personal Development Plan (PDP) in the context of medical education as: A list of educational needs, development goals and actions and processes, compiled by learners and used in systematic management and periodic reviews of learning. It is an integral part of reflective practice and self-directed learning for professionals. It can be equally valuable in teacher-directed medical training for maintaining learner-centered approaches and shared objectives. PDP can be used to manage learning needs systematically, to set development and performance improvement goals, organize learning activities and review outcomes. Some educational organizations accept completed plans for accredited professional development and health managers link them with appraisals. Anyway, all projects, large or small, holidays etc. benefit from proper planning and management. The most important project you will ever be involved in is your own life. Your career is a major part of your life and it therefore follows that you should properly plan and manage this aspect. There is always a large element of opportunism in career development - the right person at the right time finding the right job. Although unpredictable elements exist, planning and personal initiatives can play a major part in creating opportunities for development and advancement. If your personal resources don’t match your goals and ambitions, its time for some personal development.
The primary objective for PDP is to improve the capacity of individuals to understand what and how they are learning, and to review, plan and take responsibility for their own learning, helping students: • become more effective, independent and confident self-directed learners; • understand how they are learning and relate their learning to a wider...
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