Author: Smithedajkul P, Dupras D and Newman J Publication Year: 2012
Summary: Medical conferences are a feature of continuing medical education. Sessions are often led by subspecialty experts but these experts rarely work together to address clinical problems. The authors of this paper address this by reformating their conference by integrating a patient hospitalization.
Description: Medical conferences are a prominent feature of continuing medical education spanning across all health-related disciplines. These gatherings aim to disseminate new medical innovations, technologies, and approaches to treatment as well as review core topics and procedural skills. Additional benefits to medical conferences include the chance for attendees to network with colleagues, interact with world experts, address challenging medical dilemmas, and have an opportunity to translate novel ideas from the meeting and advance further research and improve clinical practice. Often, these sessions are led by subspecialty experts but rarely do these experts work together to address clinical problems in the same patient context. Unfortunately, patients admitted to the hospital come with a number of coexisting problems, and multiple consulting experts often collaborate when making subspecialty recommendations to effectively treat the patient as a whole. To highlight this and create a cohesive lecture series, we organized a one day, multidisciplinary medical conference using a complex patient centered framework. The subspecialists were instructed to provide consultations and recommendations based on the complex patient scenario. We include the audience survey responses to our presentation, present expert speaker perspectives and discuss challenges to this novel method of medical conference organization.
Support files: