Becoming an expert: a masterclass in developing clinical expertise

Nicola Petty

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This Masterclass explores how practitioners may develop clinical expertise.The terms expert and expertise are initially outlined along with the attributesof a practitioner with expertise. This is followed by an exploration of the literaturein relation to three key ways to develop expertise: through experience with patients,formal postgraduate education and through direct observation of practicewith a mentor. The theoretical basis of these activities is critically reviewed tohighlight their underpinning educational value and pedagogy. It is proposed thatcritical reflection on practice enhanced by direct observation of practice with amentor and formal postgraduate education each provide a potentially powerful toolfor learning and the development of clinical expertise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-218
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2015

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  • Clinical expertise
  • expert practice
  • osteopathy
  • osteopathic medicine
  • professional development
  • clinical reasoning


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