Urology Training even after COVID Time
This is a timely article as to how to pursue Urological Teaching and Training during this era of COVID19.
Most of the centres involved in Urology Training are indeed suffering because of various factors mentioned in this article.
The Efforts put in by USI-ISU will have to be lauded in their efforts to keep Urology Learning afloat during this trying time. They have with considerable difficulty brought out several well meaning programmes to sustain Urological education for the benefit of all. These programmes have aimed at every section of Urologists, be it be consultants at various levels or for trainees. Many Pharmaceutical Companies along with Corporate Sectors are conducting Programmes apart from their help rendered to USI and ISU. But the questions that arise are whether we are overdosing ourselves. Many of the trainees and Urologists appear to be getting a bit tired as well in trying to attend these proliferations of such Exercises however good it may be.
These collective exercises do not help our trainees unless we develop local (institutional) training which is one on one. I am sure many of the institutions have begun this though the volume of teaching and training materials have come down. There are centres with the inputs of trainee’s too large (thanks to MCI) where the numbers of trainees are too large for comfort. With paucity of clinical materials during this time, it is probably necessary to consider centres grouping themselves and pursue clinical teaching among the group by organizing programmes among them by the web conferencing platforms that we have now. This will enable trainees to be exposed better.
During this Pandemic and probably later also, it is likely that the Exit Exams will be conducted online and such exercises within the group will help the trainees better prepared to the nuances of online exam.
Suddenly I find that our teacher population has mushroomed and every programme there is teachers who are contributing to the efforts by contributing. It is really a wonder where they were before such programmes commenced. My plea is that such teachers who have surfaced to continue in teaching even after this pandemic is over and when they find themselves immersed in work. Collectively the training of the next generation can be made more fruitful. Unfortunately in India, the teaching responsibility is solely the work of the faculty in teaching centres but this pandemic has proven many of us wrong. The quality of teaching among those not attached to training centres are to be considered when fashioning programmes and by that all benefit
I am also posting the article for those who may not be able to open the link.
I am sure this article and my brief soliloquy will open the Pandora’s Box as to our way of training our next generation to become better Urologists than the previous one.
Learning and teaching are continuous processes and there is no end for this.
With warm regards,