Medical education is not something you think of getting through an online course. There’s so much detail, so much minutia – you expect that you’d HAVE to sit in a classroom or do work in a lab to do it well. But Dr. Sanjay Sharma doesn’t think that’s necessarily true, especially in light of the methods of learning that work best for the millennial generation that’s entering med school these days. On this episode, med school meets creativity as we unpack the truly innovative things Sanjay and his team are doing to educate new students with new technologies. It’s all on this episode of Converge.
Open your eyes to what’s going on around you. It could be how you identify the next big thing.
When Sanjay Sharma noticed that the students in his medical lectures were not paying attention, he wasn’t surprised. But when he noticed that what they were doing instead was watching Youtube videos or browsing the internet, he began to question things. A conversation with his wife led him to ask whether the modalities used in the med school classroom are as effective as they can be and if not, what can be done to change. On this episode, you’ll hear Dr. Sharma’s journey from physician and med school educator to tech entrepreneur and online educator. His journey and in particular his ability to stop and observe what’s happening around him are exactly what equipped him to take advantage of an opportunity and meet a tremendous need.
Medical education through animation and video is not so easy to produce.
Some of the challenges Dr. Sharma’s team faces when putting the important medical concepts they teach in digital form have to do with what Dane calls “translation” issues. Somebody who is creative and knows the technical side of the online educational platform has to be able to understand the medical concepts needing communication, well enough to translate them into simple, memorable phrases that can be communicated visually. It’s not an easy leap to make but Sanjay’s team has done an incredible job forging a merger between creativity and medical education – and it’s catching on. Learn more on this episode.
Advice for those seeking to do what’s in them to do.
Listening to this episode of Converge you’ll hear two remarkable stories. One of Dr. Sanjay Sharma and how he has built a prestigious medical career AND has built a team to develop an online medical education curriculum. The other is of his son, a young man who is very much a prodigy when it comes to painting. It’s easy to hear their stories and their backgrounds and make excuses for yourself. You’re not a Doctor after all. You didn’t grow up in a well-off home. But Dr. Sharma addresses that issue powerfully on this episode when he says that you’ve got the power to decide that what you have to add to the world matters. And you have the power to make it happen as well. You can hear his solid advice by listening.
Meet Dr. Sanjay Sharma, medical professor and entrepreneur
Dr. Sanjay Sharma, MD, MSc, MBA is the founder of www.Medskl.com – a new open-access platform developed to redesign medical education. Boasting over 170 award-winning medical faculty from across the world, medskl.com brings a modern approach to teaching medicine, featuring digestible whiteboard animations, short video lectures, and concise summaries designed to appeal to today’s digital learners. Medskl.com’s content is available for anyone in the world to access for free and students from over 60 Universities have joined medskl.com in the past 6 weeks since launch. Dr. Sharma is a professor of ophthalmology and epidemiology at Queen’s University, has authored over 200 research articles and 3 books including the American Medical Association’s Evidence-based to Value Based Medicine. His research in macular degeneration, health economics, and medical education has been cited in the scientific literature over 6,000 times. Dr. Sharma completed his medical education at Harvard University.
Outline of this great episode
- [1:00] Dane’s introduction to Dr. Sanjay Sharma, today’s guest.
- [3:40] The body of work Sanjay has created over the years.
- [7:57] What is Medskl and what does Sanjay hope to accomplish with it?
- [18:29] The challenges of communicating scientific concepts creatively with animation.
- [26:46] The life lessons Sanjay applies from his and his son’s stories.
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