Teaching Telemedicine in Neurology*

Date/Time: Sunday, September 10, 2023 - 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Track: Interactive Lunch Workshop
Room: Franklin Hall 13 (4th Floor)
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Chair: Andrew Kayser, MD, PhD, FANA

Co-Chair: Amanda Jagolino-Cole, MD, FANA

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic greatly accelerated the utilization of telemedicine and development of online tools and approaches to provide care remotely for patients. As the provision of teleneurology care has continued to grow and evolve, an increased understanding of its benefits and limitations has also spurred efforts to further develop teleneurology education – e.g. to codify specific learning objectives, to understand the settings in which such education is delivered, and to develop tools (such as simulation) to help neurology educators facilitate teleneurology education. In this rapidly changing environment, helping educational approaches to keep pace will be a critical goal of academic neurology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Establish learning objectives for teleneurology.
  • Understand the role of simulation in enabling and enhancing teleneurology education.
  • Determine the best setting (online, in-person, or hybrid) for teaching teleneurology concepts and skills.

Simulation for Teleneurology

Speaker: Alicia Zha, MD

Evaluating and treating neurology patients over telehealth is a skill that improves with practice and exposure. Increased familiarity with the requisite technology and ability to practice in a controlled setting help teleneurology providers become more comfortable with obtaining a thorough neurologic exam over telemedicine and navigating their patients through a telemedicine experience. Utilizing experiential learning and simulation based curriculum can allow neurologists in training and in practice learn the basics of teleneurology and how to approach patient care over telehealth. This presentation will review how to create and implement teleneurology simulation curriculum.

Online, In-Person, and Hybrid Teleneurology Education

Speaker: Shivika Chandra, MD

Despite the widespread assimilation of telemedicine into neurological clinical practice, there is a lack of formal training built into the curriculum for learners across the spectrum of medical education, ranging from medical school to post-graduate training. Understanding the needs of multi-level learners, identifying available resources and acknowledging the diversity of settings in which this education is delivered can help educators design a comprehensive teleneurology curriculum. This presentation reviews strategies to integrate multiple teaching modalities into a cohesive teleneurology curriculum to help future clinicians develop competencies and skills required to practice telemedicine effectively. 

Learning Objectives for Teleneurology

Speaker: Lee Chung, MD

Telemedicine has become an essential tool in the field of neurology, allowing for remote patient consultations and assessments. However, for effective implementation, physicians and trainees must become facile in the use of telemedicine technology and the unique challenges that arise when treating patients remotely. This session aims to discuss learning objectives for teleneurology, including the identification of suitable patients for telemedicine consultations, the use of telemedicine platforms, and the ability to adapt to different settings and technologies. By mastering these learning objectives, physicians can ensure that their teleneurology consultations are safe, effective, and provide the same level of care as traditional in-person consultations.