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Education Services

THE CHALLENGE

The workforce crisis in the field of biochemical genetics is real. There are simply not enough metabolic clinicians to address the clinical need of this expanding patient population. This means that other physicians and health professionals are being forced to pick up the slack, but this strategy is not realistic since teaching about metabolic disease is generally woefully inadequate in medical schools and post-graduate training programs.

RISING ABOVE, CREATING SOLUTIONS

The educational resources created and developed by VMP Genetics for clinicians and their trainees come from decades of hands-on experience and real world insights. Our lectures, tutorials, webinars, and symposia reflect a progressive, innovative approach to teaching, engaging the audience in order to maximize knowledge acquisition and retention. 

TEACHING IS NOT JUST AN ART; IT'S A SCIENCE

Classically, lecturers impart information in a didactic fashion (i.e., speaker-to-audience teaching) that can be very dry to those who have grown up using multimedia and social media in their day-to-day lives. Acknowledging that people learn in a variety of different ways, and adapting our teaching methods accordingly, our goal is to increase the effectiveness and retention of the imparted knowledge.  As a result, at VMP Genetics we craft our educational offerings using a combination of passive and active learning approaches around the following principles:

  • Teaching that is practical, relevant to real world situations, symptom-based, case-oriented, specialty-relevant, and adjusted appropriately to the audience
  • Approaches provided to help clinicians, at the bed-side or in clinic, investigate symptoms they see in their daily practices
  • Key take-away messages made clear and reinforced
  • Teaching that occurs in a variety of formats to maximize learning and interest
  • Diagnostic approaches that consider a range of disorders and prioritize treatable ones. As Professor Jean-Marie Saudubray (Paris) has taught us - "never miss a treatable disorder!"
  • Learning that is interactive so that participants apply the principles they have just learned to adapted clinical situations

We listen and develop our teaching approach around your needs. The following is but a sampling of tools we develop and deploy on our partner's behalf:

Invited Lectures

Prepared lectures for national or international meetings and society or foundation conferences are a standard request at VMP Genetics. The topics can be disease-oriented (informing about a specific condition), a tiered approach for investigating a specific symptom, or a case or series review. Presentations can also be styled to suit the needs of trainees preparing for a board examination. These are eligible for CME-accreditation. Click here for more information.

Live Workshops

Groups of lectures, usually focused around symptoms relevant for a particular specialty, can be arranged at institutions or medical/professional schools or as satellite symposia at major specialty meetings. These are eligible for CME-accreditation. Click here for more information.

Online Tutorials

Live lectures and workshops can be edited and styled to an online format that is guided by the user at his/her own speed. The interactive learning format need not be sacrificed, thereby ensuring a more engaging and successful educational experience. These are eligible for CME-accreditation and effective for distance learning. 

The Patient as Teacher

Whereas physicians usually teach facts and discuss patient cases, patients (or family members) tell stories. People love stories. Story-telling is a far more effective teaching method than didactic teaching, and no one can discuss a disorder or describe in a more compelling way what it’s like to have a disease than someone who actually lives with that condition. The patient story (live, recorded, or in print) is included in all VMP Genetics educational offerings.

Our Patient as Teacher Forums brings patients (and/or family members) to medical audiences to talk about the patient experience – living with the symptoms, the diagnostic journey, how doctors performed well (or poorly), the challenges encountered in the health care system, at school or in the workplace, and so on. Patients discuss their hopes and their disappointments, and offer what they wish health professionals will learn from their experiences. And the lessons they teach can be long-lasting. Click here for more information.

Inservice Training

VMP designs comprehensive educational opportunities about the inborn errors for our corporate colleagues, members of disease foundations, and others in the "metabolic community.". The goal here is to promote a better comprehension of these disorders by making complex information accessible and manageable. With more understanding comes better communication, more thoughtful planning, and more effective collaboration. Click here for more information.

Online Metabolism Electives (coming soon!)

Online Metabolism Electives for specialty residents and medical students - coming soon!

At VMP Genetics, we believe that a health professional is more likely to recognize a diagnosis if s/he has seen a case before, so we are developing the concept of the Online Metabolism Elective. Traditionally, medical students and residents shadow physicians and specialists as a way of enhancing their training. Such an elective experience provides trainees with the opportunity to see and hear from patients they might not otherwise see in their clinical rotations. We are currently filming real patients telling their stories. These recordings are being edited into segments that reflect different aspects of the patient experience. Metabolic clinicians at VMP Genetics will host online webinars in which specialty trainees and other professionals view together a patient story; as in clinic, the host will discuss the case or the condition and take questions from the participants. And then... it’s on to the next patient! The cases within a particular elective are clustered around symptoms that target a particular specialty to ensure relevance.