In March 1994, with the support of Dr. Art Pesigan, head of the Open University of UP Manila, I was conducting teleconferences using audio equipment with surgical resident-trainees of Zamboanga City Medical Center (formerly Zamboanga Regional Hospital) with me in Manila. Below is the abstract of a paper that I published in 1995.
Teleconference as a learning mode for surgical trainees based in Zamboanga City.
Teleconferencing is a form of distance education in which a conference is held between two parties who are not face-to-face with each other. This paper describes the authors experience with teleconferencing using audio equipment as a learning mode for surgical trainees based in Zamboanga City (ZC). Teleconferences were utilized in the authors General Surgery Course in ZC starting March 1994. The objectives were to evaluate the progress of students learning in the General Surgery course, to provide more teaching and learning activities, and to promote more frequent interactions between the ZC students and Metro Manila faculty. The design made use of active student learning and participatory activities, such as case discussion, panel discussion, and debate. At the end of five teleconferences held so far, the objectives were assessed to have been attained and teleconferencing will continue to be used to enhance the General Surgery Course of the author.
Teledebate PGH GS1 and ZCMC – Breast Ca – 1994Oct3 (7 segments)
In 2016, I started using Skype for televideoconferencing.
I did Teleconference Activities 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.