Best practice from across the world
In the English-language course videos, which will be accessible via the trade fair website from mid-May onwards, experts from all professional groups involved at leading amputation centers in Germany, El Salvador, Thailand and the USA have their say. In addition, there are keynote speeches that, for example, highlight the role of peers in hospitals: Amputees who have recovered from a procedure themselves pay a visit to newly operated patients and support them in communicating with the attending doctors and treatment professionals. The course program will be available online for a period of two years. Anyone that watches all the contributions will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the process.
“We deliberately chose the Massive Open Online Course format as this allows huge numbers of people to take part and does not implement paywalls or other access limitations. In this way, we are aiming to reach young people in particular who are at the beginning of their careers and have little money, but are highly motivated to do their best for their patients,” explains Schneider, who is not only the initiator of the project, but also a member of the planning committee for OTWorld.
The pilot project is to be evaluated in time for the next OTWorld in 2024. “If we come to the conclusion that this new learning tool has proven its worth, we will look to expand the course offering”, Schneider assures. “There are still a great deal of opportunities to take advantage of through interdisciplinary collaborations that could improve patient care – for example in the treatment of strokes or paraplegia.”