Johnson & Johnson Institute Explores Opportunities for Continual Learning, Increased Efficiency.
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated virtual learning and collaboration in professional education and training like never before. And some of these new ways may be here to stay. Take for example, a program from the Johnson & Johnson Institute and Biosense Webster that allows electrophysiologists to remotely interact during a live procedure in a way they would if they were in the same electrophysiology lab together.
Collaborating in Real Time
The program is designed to simulate the peer-to-peer learning experience of observational preceptorship education and training. It uses the Zoom videoconference platform to deliver simultaneous viewing of a cardiac ablation procedure to treat atrial fibrillation or other heart arrhythmias. Web cameras strategically mounted in the electrophysiology lab allow the observers to see all stages of the procedure, while mapping images, intracardiac echo and diagnostic recordings are shared on the video screens.
The physician performing the procedure and the remote participants (usually no more than two) can see and talk with each other through the Zoom video and audio functions. This makes for a great interactive learning experience.
“This was a valuable opportunity to watch an experienced peer electrophysiologist operate, share their approach and thoughts, and answer questions about periprocedural workflows,” said Benjamin Rhee, MD, Carle Foundation Hospital. “By just reserving three-hours of my morning, I was able to observe two complete cases from my office. I would highly recommend it to colleagues looking to learn workflow efficiency tips and tricks.”
Reduced Travel, Increased Efficiency
Prior to COVID-19, this type of education and training supporting the safe and effective use of Biosense Webster products was done in-person. The physician would have needed to travel to a preceptor’s hospital to observe the case and might be away from their own practice for a day or two.
“While this was an idea born out of the challenges of COVID-19, it is something we will continue to offer in the future,” said Brenna Smith, manager for professional education. “While nothing can completely replace in-person training, the ability to take part in remote case observation from your home or office has real educational value. We look forward to partnering with our preceptor faculty to build on this success and implement key learnings at other virtual sites.”
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