Education on the Move
In 2005, I relocated to a rural area where health care providers did not have educational opportunities related to wound care. In 2009, as a patient advocate to improve care, I launched Wound Care Roundtable, which shortly thereafter became known as Wound Healing Roundtables (WHRs). The WHRs are live discussions among wound care and industry experts, and often include patients whose cases are particularly compelling. My mission with WHR has been to present wound care best practices and the science behind industry’s products in one educational setting. This continues to be a successful venture (pandemic aside).
After returning from teaching in Saudi Arabia this past March as COVID-19 spread globally, I became more aware of how much education was being interrupted. Most notably, universities were canceling student internships; thus, students were looking for instructional videos to supplement their clinical rotations. As studies suggest,1 there was already limited wound care education offered during schooling, and a double benefit to this situation quickly emerged. I did not hesitate to offer an alternative educational opportunity to students. This opportunity mimicked the same format as my WHRs, including patients in a virtual platform (without including industry, however). The professors in the Department of Physical Therapy at The George Washington University accepted my proposal and appreciated the value of the experience.
Due to the amount of preparation time and not being technologically savvy, I reached out to HMP Global, specifically to Executive Vice President Peter Norris and Senior Vice President, Wound Care Division, Jeremy Bowden, to inquire about the possibility of assisting me with this virtual platform. I am so grateful that they did not hesitate to help me with this endeavor. This educational opportunity has since grown into a Virtual Wound Rounds (VWR) series of events that is gaining global recognition.