‘5 Questions with…’ Early reflections

Written by Celeste Kolanko on Tuesday 21st July 2020

The first four sessions of Liberum’s webinar series are in the archive, and I must say they have proven to be a highlight of my week! When we started this series, COVID-19 was in its relatively early days and there were a lot more questions than answers. Fast forward a few months, and while there are still a lot of questions, some answers (or at least some guidance) is beginning to appear.

In a period that has been very isolating for many, open communication and sharing of ideas has never been more important. With this in mind, the idea behind ‘5 Questions with…’ was to bring the IME/CME community together during this challenging time to hear from a variety of stakeholders. It’s our hope that sharing experiences and learnings from this ‘new normal’ will allow others to learn, garner some fresh ideas, and possibly validate their own strategies for handling the crisis. To that end, these are the themes to have emerged so far:

Be creative, be flexible, stay optimistic

We all must put our creative hats on now more than ever before. Planning is still important, but be ready to adapt to unforeseen circumstances. Having a sense of humour helps.

Build on evidence of how online learning works

There is a growing body of evidence as to how online learning works, both before and since the pandemic. Spend some time to get familiar with the evidence to make programmes more effective.

Maintain a social aspect to learning

This may be the part that we miss most in this ‘new normal’. Find ways for people to connect, either via networking events or by incorporating activities that add a social aspect to learning.

Develop confidence and the skills to navigate the unknown

This is a new world for all of us. Be brave, step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Some may not work and that’s OK too. Developing these new skills will build confidence and broaden our horizons.

Thank you to our guests so far: Megan Becker, PhD, Gilead Sciences; Miriam Uhlmann, PhD, AO Foundation; Kirk Lanzone Terry, American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy; and Suzanne Murray and Thomas Kellner, Co-chairs of the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME) #FuturistForum. You were all great!

I’m looking forward to more insight in upcoming sessions as these themes are put into practice.