Grayson C, Awosika O, and Pritchett E. 28666 Global initiatives in dermatology and education. J Am Acad Dermatol 2021; 85(3):AB204.
J Am Acad Dermatol
Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) resulted in a global pandemic that has adversely affected the economy, healthcare, and education around the world. The resulting travel restrictions, physical distancing policies, and limited social interactions have led to an inevitable change in the medical education system. The use of technology platforms to teach, connect, and collaborate is crucial to maintain education standards and research projects. We present an international exchange program with a videoconferencing series that allows residency programs to sustain international educational partnerships during COVID-19 and thereafter.
Description: A series of 60-minute videoconferencing lectures were held for residents at both Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) in Detroit, Michigan and Universidad El Bosque in Bogotá, Colombia to participate in simultaneously. Sessions were hosted by faculty members from HFH on subjects including but not limited to: oncodermatology, comparative dermoscopy, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Learning objectives were developed for each videoconference and participants answered a series of questions to assess (a) their knowledge and (b) lecture content. Results of the surveys serve as the core of our evaluation.
Goals: Teach residents about new approaches to diagnosis and treatment, improve social and intercultural competencies, and increase interest in global health and caring for the underserved.
Conclusion: The videoconferencing series component of this mutually beneficial international exchange partnership is of utmost importance given the circumstances of COVID-19. In addition to continuing education and collaboration, videoconferencing allows the interactive format of in-person lectures to be maintained while adhering to distancing guidelines.