BeyHealth Quarterly Journal (BHQJ) BHQJ 2018: 001:1 (May 2018) - Page 36

Feedback Anne Olowu talks about her “Masterclass” experience Dr Anne Olowu is a Public Health Physician and Principal Consultant at AnneAide Consulting, Lagos, Nigeria. A s I suspect is the case with such as endocrinology, respiratory medicine, quite unenthused about the new cardiology, neurology, psychiatry, surgery and government policy mandating all doctors to acquire a minimum number of “ Lunch is an opportunity to continue the learning and interaction in an informal setting – rather like ‘break-out’ sessions, but with food and without the rules! paediatrics. Each Masterclass has a themed or symptom- continuing medical education (CME) points as based approach to it – for example, ‘Abdominal a requisite for yearly licensing by the Medical Pain ?Cause’, providing an opportunity to and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). I had blend-in a variety of topics relevant to the fallen a little behind in keeping up with this subject-matter at hand, and of interest to the requirement in the previous year and so was audience faced with the task of doubling-up on my comprising general / community practitioners in attendance, usually largely point’s acquisition in the current year. and a range of interested professionals and This set me off on a CME point’s acquisition clinicians from secondary and tertiary care. chase! After several failed attempts at finding Conference objectives are always very well the right set of courses to deliver the requisite defined and published in advance, including the set friend rationale behind the programme (‘where does recommended the BeyHealth Masterclass this course fit in?’) and relevance to particular lecture series, a programme relatively unheard sections of the healthcare provider community of CME requirements, a of at the time. (‘who should attend?’). And although it seemed more expensive than Increasingly, I have noticed a drive towards the many of the other programmes I had become inclusion of topics and sessions that have a aware of in the course of my research, I direct bearing on healthcare administration and decided to give it a try. It turned out to be an policy. My most recent attendance at a extremely good decision and I have not looked BeyHealth Masterclass was the Medicine, back since! The Masterclass programme has Accountability and the Law conference, consistently met my expectations and even in organised by in collaboration with the Nigerian some instances, exceeded them. Bar Association Section on Business Law I share some of my experiences of the (NBA-SBL) on the 23rd and 24th of January programme in the sections that follow. this year. This conference was a unique and particularly Organisation & Timeliness The Masterclasses are always conducted in comfortable surroundings. The programme is timely and well-organised, and the location is always very carefully thought-through – usually alternating between the Island and the mainland areas of Lagos. I vividly recall attending one of the earlier sessions with my new-born baby (yes, I was that desperate!) BeyHealth staff ensured that my baby (and her nanny) were comfortable while I attended the lectures without distraction. I remember thinking at the time …What a wonderfully baby-friendly organization this is! 36 drawn from a variety of subject-matter areas, countless others, I was initially memorable experience for me. It offered an opportunity to learn from and share knowledge with professional colleagues (and facilitators) from the legal world. The programme served not only as a significant an eye-opener to the ‘ethical and legal implications of medical practice in the context of Nigerian law’ (as intended by the organisers), but also encouraged reflection on the role of our ‘learned’ colleagues as partners in the overall objective of improving the quality and standard of healthcare service delivery across the country. Teaching Facilitators/Faculty Curriculum Content The organisers of the BeyHealth Masterclass The Masterclass CME programme covers a programme openly accept as one of their key wide range of topics scheduled throughout the objectives, a desire to bring together the year. In the past, relevant topics have been ‘brightest and best’ of locally-trained talent and | MAY 2018 | Issue 1