Evaluation of Medical Training Needs to be a Combination of Skill Assessment, Knowledge/Recall and Analytical Thinking

Believes, Gerald Jaideep, CEO, Medvarsity. A leader in the online medical education & training domain, Medvarsity is founded by the Apollo Hospitals Group. Medvarsity has 35,000 strong alumni group, over 20,000 hours of content & many leading global accreditation partners.

Recently, Amity University Online has signed an MOU with Medvarsity, to launch a new program, Master of Business Administration in Hospital & Healthcare Management. This two-year MBA degree will equip students for healthcare responsibilities as professional managers in any healthcare organizations. The course aims at laying a strong foundation in hospital quality management, hospital administration, hospital business development and marketing.

Gerald Jaideep, CEO, Medvarsity in an email interaction with Ekta Srivastava, Education…

What do you see as the role technology will play in future education and training of healthcare professionals?

In the “Fee for service” model of medical practice in India, more and more young medical professionals spend over 14 hours in the hospital in order to improve their earning capacity. Additionally they also need to invest substantial time and energy in keeping up-to-date on the latest protocols, treatment strategies and innovation that is happening in the healthcare ecosystem. This hyper-competitive environment creates very little time for the professional to invest in skill development or increasing professional competency. In this environment, technology based learning, plays a critical role in enabling the healthcare worker to invest any spare time they have in learning. Since technology based learning can be done on a mobile device, as well as on the laptop or other devices, this can be a key differentiator between an average doctor and an exceptional professionals.

What impact does simulation and other teaching tools have on the training of healthcare professionals?

Digital and physical hi-fidelity simulation tools are a critical part of any medical students’ journey to becoming a skilled clinician. Simulation training in the healthcare setting can take the form of technology based simulation (ECG training, ACLS simulator, Cardio simulator, Anatomy, etc) or High Fidelity Simulators (full body simulated mannequins). HFS usually combines aspects of physical and technology simulation to provide physicians with hands on experience of examining and treating a patient and also the necessary biometric data to understand the effectiveness of the training. Both these simulation models are becoming a critical part of improving healthcare education and increasing the effectiveness of each medical graduate before they see their first patient professionally.

You have an exciting new program that can positively affect training outcomes please tell us about the program.

Most of our courses have a well structured observership/internship model. This provides our students the opportunity to work with some of the best doctors in the country at some of the leading hospitals. This integration of real world experience into the blended online training model ensures that the on-the-job effectiveness of a Medvarsity graduate will be far higher than anyone else. Secondly, our courses are broken into bite sized modules which enable the learner to master a competency before progressing to the next level of learning.

In your opinion, how does the healthcare sector and industry ensure that new protocols, procedures and training are delivered more uniformly?

With the absence of a regulatory framework for technology lead education in medicine, there is a lot of inconsistency in how new protocols, and procedures are trained. This inconsistency is exploited by fly-by-night training operators to benefit in a high need area before larger and more structured organizations are able to step in and establish standards for this training. This environment ends up increasing the number of poorly trained professionals in emerging areas and therefore increased patient safety incidences in the healthcare context.

What measurements need to be taken to prove not only knowledge but skills have been mastered?

Evaluation of medical training needs to be a combination of skill assessment, knowledge/recall and analytical thinking. While medical protocols and treatment plans might be well documented, the application of the same could be different from patient to patient based on the age, gender, race, physical state, etc. Therefore the ability of the physician to look at all empirical data and then use their cognitive skills to identify and treat the patient is critical for success. Currently, none of our training (formal and professional) systems are geared to evaluate the same.

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