Blog entry by Meguid El Nahas

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The Gap between Theoretical and Practical/Clinically relevant Nephrology Knowledge grows with the type of teaching and conferences given in emerging countries and elsewhere...

Endless lectures...when the speaker shows off his/her knowledge and doesnt care about how much is useful or retainable by the audience...IT IS HIGH TIME THESE USELESS CONFERENCES STOP AND/OR CHANGE....

It is high time that lectures and conferences are audience centered rather than speakers centered...

Does anybody ask the DELEGATES what they would like to listen to...what their educational needs are...??? NO, instead they are given a form of education that is not targeted to their needs...but instead to the needs...promotion...recognition...of the SPEAKERS...!!!!!

I remember at a meeting, convdentional lecture loaded meeting, asking the delegates on Day 2 questions relating to ALL the lectures they listened to on Day 1...hardly one remembered anything meaningful...????

PASSIVE and UNTARGETED teaching is a waste of time for the delegates...and more so to the patients they meant to treat and translate their knowledge to benefit from...

So WHY is it going on...because of the CHRONIC AND HABITUAL SPEAKERS MAFIA... because of ACADEMIC EGOS...because of the HIDDEN AGENDAS OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEARNED SOCIETIES...because of the NOT SO HIDDEN AGENDA OF BIG PHARMA...

Therefore, this may not change but what can change is the way we perceive and receive these teachings....WITH A CRITICAL MIND...WITH A REFLECTIVE MIND...that allows us to filter the MEANINGFUL from the MEANINGLESS...

And always ask the speaker the 5 WHATS:

1. What is the clinical NEED and need for your lecture?

2. What is the EVIDENCE upon which you base your statements?

3. What is the RELEVANCE of what you teach to MY PATIENTS?

Then..

4. What is the risk versus benefit of what you are teaching us?

5. What is the cost versus benefit of the approach you are recommending?

LETS START THIS PROCESS AND CHALLENGE THE SPEAKER!

(give her examples that you have come across of bad teachers!)

 

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