Gatherings for scientists to present new knowledge and discuss implications for clinical care are hardly a novelty, however, attendance in these important learning events are limited to those with time and financial resources. This therefore limits the transmission of new knowledge in chronic sinusitis, particularly to physicians outside of North America and Europe.
The widespread availability of the Internet may however be changing this for the better. On January 16, 2016, The American Rhinologic society held it’s first ever virtual conference, under the banner of “Cutting-edge Research in Rhinology“. In this novel event, internationally renowned researchers from around the world participated in a web-based conference which was live streamed over the Internet to all parts of the globe. This event, which was free of charge, attracted physicians from over 30 countries. Over the course of the four hour event, 25 well-known experts experts in the area of genetics, the sinus microbiome, inflammatory mechanisms, outcome measures used to evaluate the success of therapies, sinus surgery, and emerging concepts in sinus cancer all interacted in sessions presenting new knowledge, offering an opportunity for the specialists to speak and interact between themselves and with the audience.
Given the rapid increase in knowledge and chronic rhinosinusitis and the important implications of these for patient care, diffusion of new, high-quality information is critical for effective patient management. Hopefully, in the future, innovative web-based events such as these will facilitate physician education and help improve care of patients worldwide.
Prepapred by: Martin Desrosiers, MD, Clinical Professor, Université de Montréal
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