With the current COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Center for Pain Medicine has gone virtual to eliminate the risks from face to face activities. EPM Lite continues to be part of the curriculum for the medical students and is being taught entirely online through the various web conferencing platforms, initially Black Board Collaborate, then Google and Zoom since April 2020.
For the first time, the EPM 1-day course of 7-8 hours was offered as a two half-day virtual workshop on the 26th and 27th August 2020. This virtual workshop was well attended by 31 hospital staff from the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, comprised of 19 medical practitioners, resident trainees, and 12 nursing staff. The availability of web conferencing tools like polling and break out rooms ensured good simulation of the face to face workshop and the active engagement of the participants.
The course instructors included: Dr Jocelyn Que, Dr Anniela Soliven, Dr Mary Jocylyn Bautista, and Dr Kristine Gonzaga as the IT manager. We had some welcome overseas virtual visitors with Drs. Roger Goucke, Mary Cardosa, and Sasikaan Nimmaanrat joining us.
Overall, the participants enjoyed and learned from the 2-day virtual workshop. It was suggested to shorten the programme to minimize computer screen fatigue.
Instead of the traditional end of course photo we captured a screen shot of the happy participants.
– Jocelyn Que