A year and a half ago, nobody would have imagined a scenario in which every aspect of our lives would be changed forever. Devastating as the Covid-19 pandemic has been however, it has also arguably also been a catalyst for a paradigm shift to the 4IR.
Thanks to technology, traditional methods of education and training, which had been around for hundreds of years have been rejigged to take advantage of the myriad online engagement platforms, hitherto the preserve of the tech savvy.
These changes have not been limited to schooling for the youth but have made their way to sectors dependent on CPD and CME events, like healthcare. When face to face congresses and courses became impossible, the advent of platforms like Medtalkz, which facilitates online medical education for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and the like, came to the fore.
Previously a library of lectures recorded at industry congresses and courses, the pandemic kickstarted an innovative leap for Medtalkz that would see the online service go from a reactive to a proactive gatherer of knowledge.
In a pandemic about which not much was known and where life and death decisions around treatment became the norm, Medtalkz quickly responded to the need to generate content that was both up to date and delivered by credible and expert academics and clinicians.
By hosting several webinars each week, Medtalkz now provides a platform for live, interactive learning sessions as well as a medical education streaming service with a user base of nearly 7000 health professionals and a massive library of up-to-date content across all fields of medicine.
All content is CPD-accredited which means that no health professional need miss out on earning their CPD points – a requirement for a practicing clinician.
Recent talks include: An overview of TB and Covid, by Dr Ribka Berhanu; MDR and XDR and new drugs, by Dr Francesca Conradie; Ethical dilemmas around the treatment and vaccination of Covid by Professor Charles Feldman; and Covid in Phsyio with Prof Romy Parker and Bev Bolton.