Objectives: With an ever-increasing strain on time available and financial restrictions to study leave budgets, centralised educational opportunities are getting more difficult to organise for postgraduate trainees. The logistics for trainers and trainees to travel to a central location for training is not only time consuming, but is also a financial burden on ever decreasing training resources. Our aim was to trial and develop a system that would provide a solution to the needs of both trainees and trainers. We also wanted to provide a global platform to discuss cases and learn from pear experience.
Materials and methods: Starting in January 2009 we have carried out a series of interactive lectures using a web conferencing system ‘Webex’ (Cisco WebEx Communications Inc., USA). We have carried out and assessed the feedback from thirty web sessions during this period. The international case conference is providing a forum to discuss cases with an international panel and inter-speciality involvement. This ongoing project has similar meetings and case conferences scheduled.
Results: This presentation will discuss our two years experience including development of the concept, features of the software, drawbacks and feedback from both surgical trainees and presenters. Currently this project is reaching out to an audience from eighteen countries with the help and support of The International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. This concept also has the advantage of being green.
Conflict of interest: None declared.