Learner-Centered Objectives

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Learner-Centered Objectives

A learner-centered objective is specific, short-range, and relatively concrete. It is not a description of the content of the presentation, but instead outlines what a learner will be able to do differently (what learner behaviour will change) if they attend the presentation. Learner objectives that address identified needs must be created for the overall event and for individual sessions, and be available to participants on the program brochure and/or handout materials.
What will the learner be able to do once learning has occurred?
Identify the inflammatory markers in AMD.
Recognize the predictors of diabetic retinopathy.
Describe the process of fluid detection by OCT.
Appraise difficult cases presented by members.

The behaviour is characterized by the use of an action word or verb. See list: Action verbs!

Avoid the use of vague verbs such as “understand”, “know”, “appreciate”, “familiarize”, “gain knowledge of”, “grasp”, “be aware of”, “comprehend”, “appreciate”, “study”, “become acquainted with” or “learn about”.



CanMEDS/CanMEDS-FM Competencies

CanMEDS and CanMEDS-FM are frameworks that identify and describes the abilities physicians require to effectively meet the health care needs of the people they serve. These abilities are grouped thematically under seven roles. A competent physician seamlessly integrates the competencies of all seven CanMEDS Roles.


CPD activities usually address one or two roles at a time by tying them to the learning objectives.



Application to practice

Role Description

Medical/ Family Medicine Expert

Medical Expertise

As Medical Experts, physicians integrate all of the CanMEDS Roles, applying medical knowledge, clinical skills, and professional attitudes in their provision of patient-centered care. Medical Expert is the central physician Role in the CanMEDS framework.


Communicating with Patients

As Communicators, physicians effectively facilitate the doctor-patient relationship and the dynamic exchanges that occur before, during, and after the medical encounter.


Collaborating with Colleagues

As Collaborators, physicians effectively work within a healthcare team to achieve optimal patient care.


Coordinating Team Care

As Managers, physicians are integral participants in healthcare organizations, organizing sustainable practices, making decisions about allocating resources, and contributing to the effectiveness of the healthcare system.

Health Advocate

Advocating for Improved Care

As Health Advocates, physicians responsibly use their expertise and influence to advance the health and well-being of individual patients, communities, and populations.


Contributing to Medical Knowledge Domain

As Scholars, physicians demonstrate a lifelong commitment to reflective learning, as well as the creation, dissemination, application and translation of medical knowledge.


Accountability and Ethical Practice

As Professionals, physicians are committed to the health and well-being of individuals and society through ethical practice, profession-led regulation, and high personal standards of behaviour.



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