Dear Nordocs member

Nordocs is a network of all doctors, GPs, specialists and doctors in training, and medical students living or working in our geographic footprint that extends from the Queensland border to Grafton. One of Nordocs’ aims is to support all its members with the aim of  improving the health of our North Coast community. 

Continuing education is a key component of the support we offer. In the past, and hopefully in the future, we have offered face to face meetings which have provided a great opportunity to get to know our colleagues better. With the advent of the covid-19 pandemic we have tried to advance this collegiate spirit through our monthly webinars program. 

The initial program started in August 2020 and finished in May 2021. After an evaluation of the past eight webinars we have decided to relaunch the series in August 2021 in a new format. 

The webinars will continue to be held on the second Wednesday of the month, at 7.30 pm via Zoom. The sessions are limited to one hour and will comprise a 20 minute case based presentation that is followed by questions arising from the presentation. 

The second half of the session is new and will take a different approach that has become popular on the internet in recent years. The last 30 minutes of the evening will be devoted to an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and will seek questions from the audience on the topic but can also be on anything else related to the presenter’s area of expertise. Questions can be asked at the time or emailed prior to the session. 

The webinars will be facilitated by experienced medical educator and local GP Dr Peter Silberberg and will provide an opportunity for local specialists to create stronger and hopefully more productive links with the local referring general practitioners. 

The new format webinars will commence on August 11 at 7.30 pm and the first speaker is Dr Shane Prodger, the Lismore based orthopaedic surgeon, who will be discussing shoulder problems.

Future webinars are scheduled for:

  • September 8
  • October 13
  • November 10

We are currently open for topics and presenters for these three webinars. We welcome requests form local specialists, GPs and medical students to be involved in the webinars. 

We expect the new format will have particular appeal to:

  • those passionate about a particular topic about which they think other members of our community would be interested in learning more
  • those looking to build a stronger interface between general practice and secondary care in our area
  • those committed to improving collegiality in our medical community, and 
  • those who have acquired new knowledge or expertise in some aspect of medicine that needs wider local dissemination. 

Those interested in participating should contact the Nordocs Medical Education team <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. The team can assist speakers with their presentations to minimise the impact that participating has on their busy clinical practices. 

We are also seeking contact from members who would like to hear more from a specific practitioner or about a specific topic. These requests should also be directed to the NorMedEd team. 

We hope you can make it to the August 11 webinar to test out this new format, provide us with feedback, and help us build our medical community. 

 

David Guest
On behalf of the Nordocs Medical Education Committee