Professional Development Plan

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ProfessionalDevelopment Plan

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Healthcareprofessionals have a standardized mode of communication, and that isMedical terminology. It is important for hospital personnel to gainfluency in the language for the purpose of efficiency duringtreatment. This makes clinical processes easy. It is often expressedusing abbreviations and grasping them entirely fastens and facilitiesdocumentation (Willis, 2012). The majority of medical terms have aGreek or Latin origin, and the vocabulary based on science follows alogical methodology such that every term comprises of two or threecomponents and it is possible to break them down into parts. The bestmeans of learning the language is to familiarize oneself with thecomponents used commonly as well as the structure.

Manyterms have three main components: the root word, which forms thebasis of the term the prefixes they are words that occur before theroot word, and the suffixes that occur after the root word (Willis,2012). Combining the three components a particular medicalterminology is defined. For instance, the word, sub-hepatic implies‘located on the ventral side of the liver.` Typically, it denotesthe interlobular branches of the portal vein. It is possible toderive the three components from the word “sub” stands for underor below, the root word is hepat- which refers to the liver, and –icis the suffix that means “pertaining to”. Medical terminology asa language also comprises of combining vowels such as “o” and “i”to facilitate a natural combination of the three components.

HowI intend to keep learning medical terminology

Sinceknowing medical terminology is imperative while studying any fieldrelated to medicine, I have devised means of how I will make surethat I continue learning the language and enhance my fluency. First,for me to grasp what standard conditions mean, I will have to masterthe three components of terminologies in Latin by using suitablelearning resources. I’ll do that by devoting a certain time tostudying medical terminology. By setting aside time, I mean that Iwill select an environment free of distraction like the library.While studying, I will set progress goals that are reasonable enoughto be achieved. Doing so repeatedly will help me build a studyingculture and discipline too.

Beforestudying the content of any chapter I will allow myself time to readthe synopsis or the outline. It will also be beneficial to go throughthe questions found at the end of every chapter before reading thematerial. Doing so gives one a clear idea of what to expect from thematerial and the possible way the content of the material could beexamined. Reading every section of the chapter separately andsystematically while completing the learning exercises before movingon to the section that follows will create order in my work, and Iwill be able to remember the details of every part clearly. I willalso make flash cards after every chapter for every new terminology Ilearn. These will help boost my memory because I am a visual learner.I believe the cards will provide me with a visual prompt to interactwith the terminology I’ll be studying. They are affordable and canbe made at home.

Whiletaking the tests after every chapter, I’ll continually review theflash cards to gain confidence in my knowledge of the content of thematerial. Missing questions in the chapter tests means restudying theterminologies I didn’t get right then repeating the test. All thisis good for my practice, and it will sharpen my ability to memorizethe terms. I will progress through my course with commitment, andsince with time I will have the terminologies at my fingertips, I’llget the motivation to keep learning the language. Having the contenton the flash cards in memory will help me in my preparations for thefinal examination. Since by the time exams are due I will haveaccumulated some cards, I will go through them again and eliminatethe ones I have already mastered so that I remain with a manageablestack.

Iwill make use of the medical dictionary to deepen my vocabulary andenhance my comprehension of the connotations and usage of the medicalterms. I will look up every new word I come across and find out itsorigin and pronunciation. Researching further will help me understandhow else the particular term could be used aside from the examplesprovided in the medical concept.

Exercisesthat I can do to keep on learning

Usingonline medical terminology games is a fun method to engage in whiletrying to learn the language. Such game-like activities include:filling in blanks for medical terminology, matching games, and a riffon the classic snake game, among others. The fact that these gamesare on the internet will allow me to study the language irrespectiveof the surroundings. There are games such as Study Stack that givethe option of creating an account so that high scores can be tracked.Involving others in my study can help improve my learning abilitybecause they bring about a sense of competition.

TerminologyPuzzle pieces include writing medical terms on one paper and whatthey mean on another paper. The papers are mixed up and are eitherspread out over a large area or taped to a board or wall. The goal ofthis activity is to successfully match the papers while bringingtogether the terms and the meanings. Another activity that I can dois to use medical terminology memory match. It is more like thestandard match games but involves writing on blank papers or griddedpapers the meanings of the terminologies and the terms too.

WhatI found hard while learning medical terminology

Learningmedical terminology is fun due to the level of involvement that comeswith it and the interaction, but it was tedious as well. The factthat I had to commit myself to cramming terms without muchinstruction was an uphill task. I found the process of playing onlinegames challenging because my concentration would drift quickly and Iwould end up not attaining the goals I had set for the study session.I would change this by designing more games that could be played ingroups of students rather than personal online games. This will helpenhance team spirit and make the learning process an activity worthlooking forward to by altering.


Medicalterminology precisely describes the human body and it is mandatory tolearn it for the purpose of efficiency in healthcare facilities.Understanding the basic concepts of how the language is built is thekey to grasping the language as it becomes more understandable tolearners. The process of learning the language is fun despite itbeing complicated and involving thus making Medical terminology anideal course for most health students.


Willis,M. C. (2012). Medicalterminology: A programmed learning approach to the language of healthcare.Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams &amp Wilkins.

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