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    NMCSD Resident Physicians Lead the Way for Continued Education Training During COVID-19 Pandemic



    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Vernishia Vaughn 

    Naval Medical Center San Diego

    SAN DIEGO – The rapid imposition of social distancing has limited in-person learning for Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) resident physicians. Understanding the value and importance of education, Steve Kalkhoff, a third-year Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) resident found a way for his team to continue learning, May 7.

    According to Lt. Cmdr. Brian C. Schexnayder, NMCSD Academic Chief Resident, the residents use a web-based platform introduced by a third-year resident, enabling the team to view and record lectures, hold group chat sessions and exchange information.

    Schexnayder also says he and the team have aimed to adjust their academic curriculum so that lecturers from within the OBGYN department or from other institutions can share presentations between one another.

    “The learning opportunities presented to the resident physicians allow them to "tune in" late afternoons on Wednesdays, given there is no block of academic time for all residents to be free at once amidst the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Schexnayder.

    In order to make all of this work, it took some planning not only to allow continued learning but to ensure no official Navy business nor patient care is being discussed on the platform being used, and this is where Kalkhoff comes in at. “We have worked with private industry to provide us eight weeks of free access to an online/virtual learning platform to conduct resident learning only,” said Kahlkoff. “This virtual space provides us the ability to interact together in groups via videoconference. Furthermore, this software allows for screen sharing. Multiple residents and guest staff lectures have used this to develop PowerPoint presentations and to provide a didactic-like session from a distance.”

    During this new way of learning, one of the very first education sessions included a basic virology review with a professor of microbiology from the University of Iowa with a subsequent review of the literature concerning COVID-19 in pregnancy.

    With uncertainty in the area of how long social distancing will be in place, and how it will affect learning at NMCSD, OBGYN resident physicians are leading in the way they continue to learn during this pandemic.

    In closing, Capt. Kelly Elmore, NMCSD’s Director, Healthcare Business, gave praise to the resident physicians.

    “I think this is a great opportunity to not only highlight their leadership in OBGYN but also demonstrate to the command and our external partners ‘best practices’ here at NMCSD,” said Elmore.

    NMCSD’s mission is to prepare service members to deploy in support of operational forces, deliver high quality healthcare services, and shape the future of military medicine through education, training and research. NMCSD employs more than 6,000 active duty military personnel, civilians and contractors in Southern California to provide patients with world-class care anytime, anywhere.
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    Date Taken: 05.07.2020
    Date Posted: 05.08.2020 10:08
    Story ID: 369474
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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