Johnson & Johnson can trace its roots in India back to 1947. And since that time, there has been a strong commitment to supporting the professional education and training of healthcare professionals (HCPs). Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, much of this learning was delivered face-to-face in large venues. This was especially the case for the hands-on training used to support the safe and effective use of the company’s medical device products.
But the social distancing and travel restrictions of the pandemic changed all that. In response, the Johnson & Johnson Education Solutions team was challenged to come up with new ways of providing this important education in difficult times
Smaller In-Person Groups, Online Experts
The new, hybrid approach uses both virtual and in-person components to provide an engaging learning experience. The didactic part of the course is delivered online with expert faculty (who can be located anywhere) sharing their insights and experience. The HCP delegates gather in small groups at various satellite locations to view the online program. After the didactic sessions, the faculty demonstrates surgical techniques online using synthetic training models. The delegates then proceed to different work stations set up at the venue to practice the same techniques.
Such an event was facilitated by the Johnson & Johnson Institute in collaboration with the AO Foundation, a medically-guided, not-for-profit organization that offers education, innovation, and research for the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. The course, titled “Introduction to Basic Principles of Fracture Management,” involved faculties spread across seven locations in India, namely, Nagpur, Madurai, Jhansi, Gwalior, Dehradun, Rishikesh and Ludhiana. At five of these locations, namely, Nagpur, Madurai, Gwalior, Rishikesh and Ludhiana, the trainees attended the program in small groups of 10 to 15 members. All the locations were linked together virtually through an audio-visual network.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to find new ways to deliver education and training. In our experience, the hybrid approach can be a good option that reduces large congregations of people, saves travel time and reduces costs, while at the same time providing both cognitive and practical hands-on skills to trainees,” said Balaji Ramamurti, Professional Education Manager, Johnson & Johnson Medical Device India. “We expect to leverage this approach in the future to deliver on our commitment to provide excellent education and training that advances surgical care for patients.”
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