Why it Matters
While medicine, law, and theology were once the only “learned professions,” the current professionalization of most careers and the enhanced specialization within each profession has resulted in a keen need for professional education outside of academia. Associations rose to fill this growing need, they have become catalysts for lifelong learning and technical training, as well as resources for others outside of the profession or industry.
As associations contribute to the growth of knowledge and understanding through their own research or curation of other’s research, they increase the profession’s body of knowledge and quality of work. Such is the case with the MOCA Minute program, which not only increased the proficiency of anesthesiologists but has been used as a model for increasing the proficiency of many other medical specialties. Associations are not only a body of knowledge; they are educators positively impacting all areas of society.