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Northwestern Medicine Live Streams ‘Chicago Live 2016’ to Doctors, Medical Students Worldwide

October 12, 2016

Northwestern Medicine held Chicago Live 2016: New Frontiers in Endoscopy recently.

Gastroenterologists, surgeons who perform endoscopic, laparoscopic and thoracic procedures, third and fourth year GI fellows and endoscopy nurses from around the world attended lectures from industry experts and watched real-life cutting-edge surgical procedures taking place in Northwestern Memorial Hospital. (Patients who were recorded gave Northwestern Medicine permission to do so.)

While participants hailed from as far as London and India, they didn’t have to leave to comforts of their homes or offices. They watched a live stream of the event via Mediasite.

Northwestern Medicine includes Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“I could not do Chicago Live without using webcasts,” said Frank Schleicher, director of media services, Feinberg School of Medicine. “I could do it internally, sure, but now I can push the same quality out to any place in the world. How cool is that?”

This is just one example of the many ways Frank and his team use video to transform physician and student education. The school records roughly 100 hours of physician education each month from 56 locations, allowing it to capture and reuse medical education content.

“For example, if a professor wants to train an undergraduate medical student in the mechanical valves of the heart and how they function, we’ve got real life footage of that,” Frank said. “Physicians can watch the content all across the dispersed Northwestern campuses. All of that content used to get lost, and now it’s saved through the power of video.”


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