Is Medicine Going Virtual?
- Posted on: Feb 14 2021
The novel coronavirus forced massive evolution in many aspects of daily living. The professional and medical sectors of society were not exempt from the necessary changes. Nearly every level of medicine has been transformed in the last 12 or so months as we have had to learn new ways of performing while also slowing the spread of this deadly virus. At the American Society for Mohs Surgery, we have transitioned as needed to ensure we can continue to support our members and their desire for continued education. One way we’ve been able to do this is to harness the power of new technologies. While doctors’ offices are evolving to provide telehealth services, we are expanding our horizons to offer virtual courses. Here, we discuss how the pandemic of 2020 and 2021 may have changed medicine forever.
How Virtual Training and Live Streams Work
The medical community has joined forces with the technology of today and, in so doing, have developed ways to customize training scenarios across all specialties. Doctors, device manufacturers, and organizations like ours can choose settings that are suited to their unique needs. Examples include a local training lab, a private office, or a larger convention setting. To maintain safety, facilities are staffed by only a few surgeons and support clinicians, if needed. The demonstrators then perform their procedure and live-stream it out to attendees.
While most people agree that there is no substitute for in-person interactions, especially where education and hands-on training is involved, live-stream events are filling an important role at the moment. To meet the high standards of the United States scientific communities, virtual training events are as sophisticated as possible. While we are eager to resume in-person trainings, we are also committed to the safest practices and the comfort of our members, many of whom continue to feel uncertain about live attendance. Using virtual technology, it is possible to continue the same level of training we would like, only using a different delivery method.
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