Learning from others’ experiences is an essential aspect of professional development in surgery. The Johnson & Johnson Institute, through its 24 global training centers, online education, and strategic educational partnerships, is bringing clinicians from around the world together to share their knowledge and insights to help advance patient care.
Recently, surgeons from Central Eastern Europe (CEE) traveled to the Johnson & Johnson Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, to participate in a three-day course focused on the prevention and management of one of the most feared complications of colorectal surgery – anastomotic leakage. This devastating problem results in higher rates of morbidity, infection, and increased healthcare costs.
“Complications from colorectal procedures are a leading cause of hospital readmissions and patient suffering,” said Rob Benton, Director, Worldwide Professional Education. “By collaborating with the global colorectal surgeon community on education and training, the Johnson & Johnson Institute is trying to help change that.”
Shared Learning Experience
To address the key challenges that impact patient outcomes, the program combined the scientific and the practical. Participants engaged with U.S. faculty through lectures, case discussions, and hands-on training in the Johnson & Johnson Institute lab. Surgeons also had the opportunity to interact with Ethicon product engineers and try out new instrumentation and techniques designed to optimize outcomes and minimize complications in colorectal procedures.
“It was a great experience for me to work with surgeons from other countries to share our practices and learn about alternative approaches and different techniques,” said Faculty Member David Longcope, M.D., a colorectal surgeon in Denver, CO. “As a surgeon, you can become insulated in how you do things. Although you frequently consult with your colleagues, you often come from the same experience. That’s why I think the opportunity that Johnson & Johnson Institute is providing for us to collaborate with others across the globe, is very beneficial and will make us better surgeons.”
Collaborating to Optimize Care
Diseases of the colon and rectum can be complex to treat. Colorectal surgery patients frequently suffer from postoperative complications. Any initiative to improve surgical care must focus on reducing the risk of anastomotic leaks and other complications, as well as the associated costs.
“The Johnson & Johnson Institute is committed to delivering learning experiences that leverage the diverse experiences and innovative practices of surgeons around the world,” said Jana Puhlovska, Professional Education Lead, ETHICON CEE. “We greatly appreciate the engagement of the CEE clinicians in this program. We hope that they will share their learnings with colleagues in their own countries, and together we can improve care for more patients.”
[Hear what Course Participants Had to Say]
“It was a great pleasure to be at a program that brings surgeons together to exchange practices and knowledge from different parts of the world.”
Vassil Mihaylov, MD from Bulgaria
“We are doing essentially the same procedures, but it is helpful to see how another surgeon is doing something somewhat different and how this can improve your outcomes.”
Michal Vjaclovský, MD from Czech Republic