Amidst a rapidly evolving landscape, the Johnson & Johnson Institute reconvened its Global Education Council to brainstorm new ways to deliver world-class educational experiences and help transform our professional education ecosystem.
Amidst a rapidly evolving landscape, the Johnson & Johnson Institute met with its Global Education Council to brainstorm new ways to deliver world-class educational experiences and help transform our professional education ecosystem.
Surgical education is ripe for disruption. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace – and with innovative technologies becoming more readily available – J&J Institute is looking at ways to deliver world-class educational experiences that equip healthcare professionals to operate in this new, exciting reality.
Last month, we met again with our Global Education Council (GEC), a select group of clinical experts from general and orthopedic surgery and interventional radiology, as well as those in the areas of education and innovation, to help us further create education solutions for healthcare professionals that personalize learning, drive measurable outcomes and leverage strategic collaborations with diverse partners.
“Our GEC members come from multiple countries and have more than a century of combined clinical expertise,” explains Tom Affeld, WW Senior Director, Professional Education for J&J Medical Devices. “The work we’re doing together will further drive the strategy of the J&J Institute and develop optimal learning environments for those on the frontlines of care.”
Today, J&J Institute provides educational experiences for healthcare professionals that connect with the learner on an individual and team level – both online and off. For example, with the addition of C-SATS to the J&J Family of Companies, we can help surgeons assess their surgical performance and provide them with the personalized feedback needed to help improve those skills, which benefits patients, surgeons and health systems.
As in many other industries, advances in technology have the potential to transform the way healthcare professionals learn and the way we assess performance over time. For professional learning experiences to be most impactful, we must help trainees establish a baseline of their current performance, work with them to identify goals for improvement and create standards against which we can help them measure that improvement over time. Digital education solutions like the J&J Institute Virtual Reality training program and C-SATS are exemplars of such thinking, providing healthcare professionals the repeatability and on-demand coaching they need to perfect their skills.
Reinventing professional education is core to the J&J Institute mission, and a goal we cannot achieve alone. By maximizing resources, reach, relationships and technology, strategic partnerships and collaboration can help close learning gaps across the globe. During the GEC meeting, the group’s broad range of specialties and backgrounds helped drive meaningful conversations on how to make the most impactful partnership decisions across categories.
A major topic of conversation was around physician burnout and we’re not alone in identifying burnout as a major issue. In fact, the World Health Organization just added burnout to its International Classification of Diseases, giving it legitimacy as a condition. The Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute has been hard at work addressing burnout across the U.S. to start, and we’re constantly evolving our curriculum to better help healthcare systems prevent burnout and help encourage recovery.
“In today’s world, when the emotional demands placed on physicians are greater than ever and burnout is on the rise, professional education must be personal, relevant, actionable and measurable,” said Dr. Robin Blackstone, Bariatric Surgeon, Banner University Health Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and Chairman of the GEC. “By collaborating with diverse partners, harnessing technology to power more accurate and informed procedures, and finding creative ways to put high-value education solutions in the hands of more healthcare professionals, we can help ensure providers around the world are equipped to operate in this dynamic environment.”