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Urologists use technology to keep educating during pandemic and beyond

a screenshot from a recent lecture

As the COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus pandemic, leads to major changes for people around the world, members of the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Urology are utilizing new technology to continue educating their residents. And they plan to keep using the new method of lecturing after the pandemic is over to benefit even more health care professionals.

“This is going to be a great resource for residents, practicing urologists, referring physicians and more,” said Chandru Sundaram, MD, IU School of Medicine Department of Urology residency director.

When coronavirus’ spread through the United States forced people to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible, many departments within IU School of Medicine had to change planned events to be held virtually. For the urology department, previously scheduled lectures and presentations for residents had to shift to virtual methods as well.

Now, the department is embracing the change and opening up these interactive lectures to other practicing urologists, referring physicians, students and more.

“We are planning different types of interactive sessions. The first is the ‘Virtual Operating Room’ with videos illustrating the steps of surgeries, followed by a discussion on managing difficult anatomical situations as well as managing intra-operative problems and complications,” Sundaram said. “The second group of talks is case-based, where interesting cases that illustrate management issues will be discussed. There will also be talks on reviews and updates on topics of interest.”

The presentations are currently being held at least twice a week. The department also plans to continue these online lectures long-term, even after the pandemic is considered over.

“For decades we have held weekly educational conferences for our residents and medical students,” said Michael Koch, MD, chair of the IU School of Medicine Department of Urology. “These are difficult for practicing urologists to find time for in their busy schedules. We are excited to be able to now offer this educational opportunity to our referring urologists around the state in a flexible forward convenient to their schedules.”

To view upcoming live, interactive lecture opportunities or view past lectures, visit the Department of Urology News and Events webpage.

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Christina Griffiths

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