- Why did you create Bronchoscopy International?
The see one, do one, teach one model of medical training is antiquated and requires renovation. There are too many procedures to learn, too many patients to care for in a limited amount of time, and too many new technologies available so that physicians can no longer learn solely by using patients as guinea pigs. Bronchoscopy International is changing the paradigm of medical procedural education, and disturbing the status quo in order to serve patients and reduce suffering. By working on a global level, we promote common interests of procedural competency, and level the playing field when it comes to access to knowledge and technical skills. We advocate learning on models. We promote a proven, multidimensional curriculum that helps assure that physicians have the same access to knowledge and technical experience regardless of whether they work in Argentina or Australia; in New York or New Delhi. This is why our learning materials and educational methodologies are universally applicable and accepted.
- How do you reduce patient suffering through medical education?
Patients suffer the burden of procedural training when procedures are longer than necessary, require more sedation or anesthesia, cause pain or discomfort, cause adverse events, need to be repeated, or do not provide expected results. By teaching procedural skills using models, simulation, mobile platforms,and proven step by step instructional techniques we accelerate the learning curve. Physicians no longer “practice” on their patients. They can and must acquire as many skills as possible for competency in a controlled, non-patient care environment!
- Who pays for your website development?
Bronchoscopy International, Foundation for the Advancement of Medicine, is a nonprofit 501-3C foundation registered in San Diego, California since 1994.
- How can I join bronchoscopy international?
Please follow us on Facebook, and join your regional bronchology association and internationally, the World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. You can start on the path to become a Certified or Master Instructor by attending one of our workshops and Train the Trainers courses.
- Is there any corporate sponsorship?
There is no corporate sponsorship of our activities. We partner with university systems and national/international medical associations to provide free access to our educational programs and materials.
- Does Bronchoscopy International compete with national and international organizations?
No. We want to improve patient care through medical education. We offer our training materials and programs to all interested medical associations and teaching environments. In this way, we try to break down barriers and egos. Our goal is to eliminate patient suffering caused by unequal physician expertise and on-the-job medical training.
- Is it free to use the Essential Bronchoscopist Series of Books and learning materials?
Yes. All reading materials, training modules, slide presentations, instructional videos, validated assessment tools, checklists and case-based exercises (practical approach) are absolutely free. Health care providers can use these tools to improve their procedural skills and thus relieve patients of the burdens of procedure-related training. Many companies and university educators use our vocabulary, phrasing, and vision to advance their own educational or commercial products. We are proud to see our ideas and materials emulated (and modified) by industry. We hope they, in turn, will provide the funds necessary to support more of our educational programs in partnership with national associations and The World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology.