New longitudinal Course Builds Skills, Confidence and Community
New surgical techniques and technologies are allowing HPB(Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary) surgeons to extend the benefits of minimally-invasive therapies (MIS) to more patients with liver and pancreas diseases. To ensure HPB surgeons gain exposure to these advanced techniques and the safe and effective use of Company products early in their career, the Johnson & Johnson Institute offers a unique, 12-month learning experience that combines hands-on education and training with the mentorship of an experienced HPB surgeon. The tencourse participants are selected in partnership with the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA).
Course Faculty Chairperson Adnan Alseidi, MD, shares his insights on why the program can help surgeons overcome the learning curve to adopt MIS approaches and advance patient care.
What benefits does a longitudinal approach to learning offer early career HPB surgeons?
It offers a more personalized approach to learning. Before the first meeting of the faculty and surgeon learners at the initial Johnson & Johnson Institute course, a needs assessment is developed. This results in more real-world and relevant objectives being created for the ongoing coaching that will follow. These agreed-upon goals are then discussed on a scheduled and recurrent basis as part of the mentoring process.
How does the mentorship work and what value does it provide to the surgeon learners?
There are monthly touchpoints to review progress toward agreed-upon goals. This is motivating because surgeons hate to fail, so it drives them to meet these objectives, and in the meantime, bring up obstacles and issues that arise along the way. Obstacle based training is key, and this course allows for that directly because trust is created that allows for open dialogue about ongoing progress, struggles and successes.
What other aspects of the course make it a strong learning experience?
We can’t underestimate the importance of creating a true team. The participants learn from one another and they call one another and support one another. Two of them are starting research projects to include all ten surgeons. Bringing together and driving connections in a specialty that can be isolating has tremendous value, and results in learning beyond the course timeframe.
About Dr. Alseidi
Dr. Alseidi is currently an attending surgeon on the HPB and Endocrine Surgery Service in the Department of Surgery at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. Effective April 1, 2020, he will assume the position of inaugural Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Surgery.