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Hospital Opens Medical Education Video Conference Room

September 11, 2014

Dalhousie University is one of Canada’s oldest public research institutions established as a nonsectarian college in 1818. The university offers 180 degree programs in twelve undergraduate, graduate, and professional faculties across many different disciplines. As the institution continues to educate students in Canada, it is deploying new technologies to reach as many people as possible. A new collaboration between Dalhousie and the Colchester East Hants Health Authority (CEHHA) is going to be using video conferencing to expand the health authority’s medical education program.

The program is going to connect classes offered at Dalhousie Medical School with students across the Maritimes. The Maritimes are provinces in the Eastern Canadian region consisting of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

The Truro Daily News reported on how the expansion will improve the current medical education with future learning opportunities for healthcare professionals at CEHHA. This framework for communication will create partnership with organizations around the world using this technology and future developments.

“There is a strong and definite trend toward having medical student education distributed to settings outside traditional teaching hospitals,” said the health authority’s CEO, Peter MacKinnon, in a news release. “This trend will strengthen care in the health system overall, and we are pleased to be a leader and early adopter of this approach.”

By using video conferencing and wireless technology, CEHHA and Dalhousie are providing students with access to educational resources with their PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones no matter where they are. This includes integrated operating room system technology installed in the health center’s operating rooms. With this system in place, students across the Maritimes will be able to witness surgical procedures as they take place on their preferred platform.

According to the report this collaboration will likely improve the quality of patient care because physicians will become more effective through the teaching process. Additionally being recognized as a teaching institution will help in recruiting and retaining  physicians in the area by providing students with positive work and personal experiences.

“I’m eager to continue building up medical education opportunities in the Truro area,” said Dr. Darrell White, the new senior associate dean of Dalhousie Medical School. “Success stories like increased numbers of clerks in training and the addition of Truro’s videoconferencing room are evidence of the positive partnership between Dalhousie and CEHHA. It’s an exciting time to join this project.”

The project was funded by the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation to provide better learning experiences for medical students in the region.

Edited by Maurice Nagle