ROJoson’s 2016 Teleconferences with Various Provincial Groups of Learners
Reynaldo O. Joson, MD, MHA, MHPEd, MScSurg
December 18, 2016
One of the most significant “Happiness, Satisfaction and Productivity” that I have attained in 2016 (based on my tracking of ROJoson Counting Marbles records) is the Teleconference Activities that I had with various provincial groups of learners. I did not have to physically go to the provinces to conduct learning sessions as often as I should. I just stayed in my house in Metro Manila and conduct the distance education mode of learning to provincial learners. In 2016, through the Teleconference Activities, I taught hospital administration, quality management system, safety promotion and disaster preparedness program and public health (maternal and neonatal death control management system).
I started the 2016 Teleconference Activities with Zamboanga City Medical Center Maternal Death Control Management System Team in March 31, 2016 using Skype, followed by a series of teleconferences with the Team thereafter for the whole year of 2016.
I then did Teleconference Activities with staff of Salubris Medical Center in Nueva Vizcaya starting April 27, 2016 and continued them throughout the whole year of 2016 at practically once every 2-week interval.
Then, I facilitated the external auditing of the Zamboanga City Medical Center Neonatal Death Control Management System in May 25, 2016 together with Dr. Ramir Blanco and Dr. Luz Ayuza of Zuellig Family Foundation using Skype with Dr. Blanco, Dr. Ayuza and I in Metro Manila while the auditees were in Zamboanga City.
Then, I did Teleconference Activities with Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center Maternal Death Control Management System Team on June 9, 2016.
Then, I did Teleconference Activities with Zamboanga City Medical Center Earthquake Business Continuity Committee starting June 15, 2016 and continued them throughout the year ending with the Business Continuity Response Exercise in November 21, 2016.
Lastly, I facilitated the external auditing of the Zamboanga City Medical Center Maternal l Death Control Management System in November 23, 2016 together with Dr. Ramir Blanco of Zuellig Family Foundation using Skype with Dr. Blanco and I in Metro Manila while the auditees were in Zamboanga City.
During the year, I experimented with other online teleconference applications aside from Skype. I was searching for a screen sharing capability so as to enhance the learning sessions. I tried GotoMeeting, Join.me, and others. By November 21, 2016, I decided to stick to Skype when I discovered it also has a screen sharing capability. Besides, it is free.
I am very happy with the Teleconference Activities. I consider it as a significant achievement on my part in 2016 because, first, I discovered and was able to use it as an efficient and cost-nothing way of reaching out to learners outside my house. Second, I was able to refine the use of the free Skype with screen sharing. Third, which is most important now, I can use it more in 2017 and in years to come for my other consultancy and outreach educational projects.
I am also very happy of another thing. From 1994 to 1996, I was already doing teleconferencing in my surgery outreach educational program in Zamboanga Regional Hospital (now Zamboanga City Medical Center) Department of Surgery. I was then using the crude way, just audio-teleconferencing, no video-teleconferencing yet. The learners and I were using telephones with loud speakers discussing things in a conference room, 2 conference rooms at different places, Manila and Zamboanga City. I used the crude audio-teleconferencing among the surgical residents of Zamboanga City Medical Center, Tondo Medical Center, and Philippine General Hospital. Thinking of this, I feel satisfied of the improvement that I made now, from audio-teleconferencing to video-teleconferencing. And come to think of it, because of what I have done, I like to think I am a pioneer, or at least one of the pioneers, of telemedicine in the Philippines (as I started it 1994). I had publications on this before. See links below:
Teledebate PGH GS1 and ZCMC – Breast Ca – 1994Oct3 (7 segments)