[Vocabulary] Doctors have to develop all the time

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Is "develop" the correct verb when I mean "improving skills, gaining knowledge, becoming better"

Doctors have to develop all the time.

There is a noun phrase "personal development".
Does the verb "develop" convey the same meaning?

Can I say:
I would like to develop myself.
 

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Is "develop" the correct verb when I mean "improving skills, gaining knowledge, becoming better"

Doctors have to develop all the time.

There is a noun phrase "personal development".
Does the verb "develop" convey the same meaning?

Can I say:
I would like to develop myself.
No, develop isn't the right word for either. "Personal improvement" is probably better, or "personal growth".
Doctors and other professionals in general simply have to keep up their competence.
 

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Is "personal development" correct in any context? The same with "develop" as a verb.
I mean any situation when a person broaden their mind.
Or maybe "self-development" is better.
 

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Is "personal development" correct in any context? The same with "develop" as a verb.
I mean any situation when a person broaden their mind.
Or maybe "self-development" is better.
Yes, you could use it as long as you make the meaning clear from the context.
If someone said to me, "I want to develop myself", I would assume they meant physically, ie. build up their muscles.
But, "I want to develop myself with a program of study" is acceptable.
 

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No, develop isn't the right word for either. "Personal improvement" is probably better, or "personal growth".
Doctors and other professionals in general simply have to keep up their competence.

They also need to keep abreast of new literature, procedures, tools, and so on, through professional development (which in N. America means ongoing training in one's own field).
 

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They also need to keep abreast of new literature, procedures, tools, and so on, through professional development (which in N. America means ongoing training in one's own field).
Ah, in Australia, we have CME, Continuing Medical Education requirements.
 
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