Virtual symposium reaches across boundaries

by Lisa Spellman, UNMC strategic communications | November 13, 2020

Image with caption: More than 1,600 participants took part in the virtual event.

More than 1,600 participants took part in the virtual event.

More than 1,600 participants took part in the 11th Shanghai Sino-U.S. Family Medicine Symposium held virtually Oct. 19 and 24.

The symposium is a continued effort of UNMC's ongoing collaboration with Tongji University in China.

This year, the symposium focused on providing medical education in a pandemic, with presentations by 11 UNMC faculty.

Topics ranged from adapting medical education and curriculum-level changes for medical student and residency education; to discussion on faculty and student wellness and resiliency; to problem-based learning and clinical skills education and training during a pandemic.

The symposium also focused on telemedicine, how to precept telemedicine encounters and interprofessional education.

An overview of how UNMC continues to navigate the pandemic also was given.

"The virtual symposium was yet another opportunity for UNMC to collaborate with Tongji University, a leading Chinese academic institution, that shares our commitment to improving health care for the communities it serves," said Jeffrey Harrison, MD, professor and chair, UNMC Department of Family Medicine.

"It is gratifying that the department of family medicine continues to be recognized in China as a leader in medical education, patient care delivery, wellness and inter-professional education," Dr. Harrison said.


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