What Strategies Help Physicians Keep Up With Evolving Medical Knowledge?

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    What Strategies Help Physicians Keep Up With Evolving Medical Knowledge?

    In the fast-paced world of medicine, staying updated on the latest research and practices is crucial. We reached out to doctors and medical professionals, including a Physician & Owner and an Optometric Director, to share their strategies. From mentoring medical students to holding quarterly staff knowledge-sharing meetings, here are six valuable insights on keeping abreast with the ever-evolving medical knowledge.

    • Mentor Medical Students for Mutual Growth
    • Embrace Robotic Surgery and Patient Education
    • Engage with Specialty-Related Organizations
    • Subscribe to Medical Society Newsletters
    • Collaborate with Provider Communities
    • Hold Quarterly Staff Knowledge-Sharing Meetings

    Mentor Medical Students for Mutual Growth

    As a family medicine physician with a decade of experience and a Master's in Health Professions Education, I've discovered that mentoring medical students in my practice has been invaluable. Over the years, I've independently guided numerous students, finding this interaction to be mutually rewarding.

    Working with third- and fourth-year students particularly appeals to me. At this stage, they're transitioning from theory to practical application, striving to integrate their foundational knowledge with real-world patient care. I find this phase of their education most engaging as they delve deeper into clinical medicine, a fundamental skill set essential for every physician across specialties. This interaction not only enhances my teaching skills but also keeps me updated with the latest medical knowledge and research through discussions and inquiries from students.

    Dr. Priya Arcot-Joshi
    Dr. Priya Arcot-JoshiDoctor, Modern Family Medicine

    Embrace Robotic Surgery and Patient Education

    Staying updated with the rapidly evolving field of medical knowledge, especially in obstetrics and gynecology, has always been a priority in my practice. One effective strategy I've employed is active involvement in robotic surgery, which is on the cutting edge of minimally invasive procedures. By becoming the first certified robotic surgeon at South Lake Hospital, I had to immerse myself in continuous education and training. This not only involved formal learning but also hands-on experience. Performing a high volume of robotic surgeries has allowed me to understand the nuances and advancements in this technology intimately, ensuring my patients receive the most current and competent care available.

    Moreover, fostering a culture of education within our practice has been instrumental. By educating my patients about their health and treatment options, I inadvertently reinforce my understanding and stay updated on the latest diagnostics, medical, and surgical advancements. This approach has been especially beneficial in women’s healthcare, a field that is constantly advancing with new research findings and treatment methodologies. Sharing knowledge with patients not only empowers them but also solidifies my grasp of evolving medical standards and practices.

    Lastly, my commitment to preventive medicine has necessitated staying abreast of the latest research and developments. It requires a thorough understanding of current recommendations for vaccinations, like the annual flu vaccine, and guidelines for managing conditions such as high blood pressure during pregnancy. Integrating the latest evidence-based practices into our preventive care strategy ensures that we are not only treating but also proactively managing our patients' health. This dedication to preventive care has required me to continuously educate myself and my staff, ensuring that our practice remains at the forefront of providing holistic and informed care to our patients.

    Matthew Casavant
    Matthew CasavantPhysician & Owner, South Lake OB/GYN

    Engage with Specialty-Related Organizations

    As a physician, one strategy I've found invaluable for staying current with the rapid advancements in medical knowledge and research is active engagement with my specialty-related organization. By joining such organizations, I gain access to a wealth of resources, including journals, webinars, and online forums, which provide up-to-date information on the latest research findings, treatment guidelines, and emerging trends in my field.

    Attending national conferences organized by these specialty-related organizations is another effective strategy I employ. These conferences offer opportunities to learn from renowned experts, participate in interactive workshops, and engage in discussions about cutting-edge research and clinical innovations. By immersing myself in the conference environment, I not only expand my knowledge base but also network with peers, fostering collaboration and professional growth.

    Moreover, I leverage social media platforms like Doximity and follow my organization's social media accounts to stay connected with the broader medical community and receive real-time updates on new studies, guidelines, and breakthroughs in my field. These platforms serve as convenient channels for accessing bite-sized information, engaging in discussions with fellow professionals, and sharing insights from my own clinical practice.

    By integrating these strategies into my professional routine, I ensure that I remain well-informed and equipped to deliver the highest standard of care to my patients, incorporating the latest evidence-based practices and innovations into my clinical decision-making process.

    Elisha Peterson MD MEd FAAP FASA
    Elisha Peterson MD MEd FAAP FASAAnesthesiologist and Pain Medicine Physician, Elisha Peterson MD PLLC

    Subscribe to Medical Society Newsletters

    I subscribe to newsletters of medical societies, wherein they circulate the most recent updates in healthcare. It can be challenging to stay in the loop with the ever-changing clinical practice guidelines and attend to patients at the same time. However, subscribing to newsletters is a convenient way of accessing up-to-date medical information without having to take a long leave and be away from patients who need your care and expertise.

    Sarah Bonza
    Sarah BonzaFounder, Bonza Health

    Collaborate with Provider Communities

    As a licensed professional and independent clinic owner, the most valuable strategy I have used to keep up with ever-evolving medical knowledge and research is to stay in community with other providers. Often, as solo practitioners, we can feel like we are on an island, keeping up with the daily demands of patient care and clinic ownership, but the best research is done in a group that utilizes multiple people's unique strengths.

    As a pediatric and prenatal chiropractor, I belong to many groups of other providers within my specialty. These groups have live seminars, online Zoom trainings, and online community forums to continue to engage with others and share the latest research.

    So, find groups to engage with and learn from to continue to sharpen your own knowledge, but also, as we each challenge ourselves to learn more, we further the profession as a whole.

    Tori Hartline
    Tori HartlineDoctor of Chiropractic, Sunlife Chiropractic

    Hold Quarterly Staff Knowledge-Sharing Meetings

    We have instituted a quarterly staff meeting where we discuss cases, research, and treatments among the doctors. This brings in different perspectives and helps us keep each other current on practice areas where we have particular interest.

    Malinda Pence
    Malinda PenceOptometric Director, Madeira Optical