Transforming your practice:
Uncovering and addressing the educational needs of our clinician-learners is the fuel that drives our educational programs. One of the goals of the VISTA institute is to use education to close the gaps identified in the practice of our clinician-learners and their care team to help them transform their current practice into the best practice. In our experience, there are three areas that need to be addressed in transforming one’s practice:
- Knowledge: it is essential that the diagnostic and therapeutic protocols of every practice are continuously updated, based on best available evidence. Acquiring the latest information will empower clinicians and their team to improve practice efficiency, quality of care and patient outcomes.
- Competence: Our programs seek to address the competence-based needs of our learners with offering better approaches, clear guideline and protocols to help close this gap.
- Performance: we aim to address the educational needs of our learners with guidance, feedback, and training on their performance to help close this gap.
The curriculum for our educational programs always start with identifying the educational need of our learners (knowledge, competence or performance), and devising the best method for achieving change. Each program provides the latest evidence-based information, guidelines and protocols. Simulated exercises and live surgery demonstrations are essential components to ensure enhancement of the competence and performance of our learners.
VISTA Institute utilizes an array of different learning formats that focus on competence and performance of our learners. The curriculum is designed through the guidance provided by the VISTA Institute Education Council. The educational formats include:
- Lectures focusing on the most updated evidence-based knowledge in every topic to be covered in each educational program. These include risk assessment, diagnosis, case selection, material selection, rationale for therapy, therapeutic protocol, complications, pre-op and post-op care.
- Lecture formats include live, as well as recorded on-demand presentations
- Simulated exercises, using realistic custom-designed anatomic models, animal specimens and cadavers. These simulated exercises are aimed at teaching learners clinical techniques that can enhance clinical competence and performance. These exercises also provide an opportunity for the faculty to provide guidance and feedback to the clinician-learners that can ultimately improve the care they will provide to their patients.
- Live clinical care demonstrations. The live surgical and/or prosthetic care demonstrations are intended to provide clinician-learners an opportunity to participate in implementation of the knowledge and protocols discussed and practiced during simulated exercises in a real-time care of patient.
Conflict of interest:
The faculty and members of the VISTA Institute education council commit to full transparency and will declare any potential conflicts of interest for each educational event to the participants.
An 18-month fellowship is offered, using a blended curriculum of live and online on-demand courses. The comprehensive curriculum for this fellowship includes in-depth information, techniques, protocols and guidelines related to diagnostic, surgical and prosthetic aspects of clinical care.