The Importance of Continued Education for CDI Professionals

When it comes to the clinical documentation improvement (CDI) field, it’s important to remember that learning doesn’t start and stop in the classroom. To maintain proper licensure and certifications, CDI professionals must be committed to continuing their education throughout the entire course of their careers. As a CDI pro, here are some of the ways you can continue your professional education and why this is so important:

Professional speaking engagements. Presenting or speaking at professional events, seminars or conferences is one of the most impactful ways you can learn from experts in the field, while growing your knowledge base in the process. In many cases, involvement with industry-related events often counts as credit for the CDI certification and can serve as a great outlet for staying informed of the latest trends and developments in the field. Presenting on CDI-related topics through professional organizations (such as ACDIS) is an easy way to enhance your credibility and skills outside your regular job.

Webinars and e-learning courses. If you prefer learning from the comforts of your own home, there are hundreds of webinars and e-learning courses you can take advantage of online. These courses cover a wide range of topics and can help you acquire new skills, while refreshing your existing skills. Depending on where you are in your career, you can explore various types of courses and identify which ones would be of most value to your education.

Mentorship. Developing a relationship with a mentor at your organization is a valuable way to continue your education right within the workplace. An experienced CDI professional can train you on the job and offer guidance and support as you navigate your career. Mentors can also offer perspectives and insights in the workplace you would not otherwise be given in a more formal educational setting. A sustained mentor-mentee relationship can provide a significant confidence boost as you advance in your role and take on new responsibilities.

Taking time for continued education will allow you to leverage your knowledge and expertise in the best ways possible for your career. As you seek to grow as a CDI pro, maintaining a commitment to learning and development will be essential.

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