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How important is it for a young fellow to participate in practical workshops?

Dr. Hani M. Mahmoud, adult cardiologist, Prince Sultan Cardiac Center, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

“The major challenge that young fellows face early in their training is the lack of exposure to advanced     manual skills. In part this is due to the competition with other senior fellows and their many clinical assignments. Therefore, it is not surprising that hands-on sessions are con-sidered the most attractive sessions in any conference as they provide a great and rare opportunity for the physicians to clinically practice what they are reading about. Many of the physicians - mainly young doctors - have no exposure to important skills learning programs. It comes without saying that it is really useful and adds a wealth of experience to conventional learning as it is well known that clinical practice is the best way to memorize what has been studied.

Since the main aim of any conference is education and improving patient service, providing hands-on sessions to physicians can guarantee their improved competence as well as encouraging them to keep updating themselves. No doubt this will have a great impact on patient service. Because hands-on sessions are the most attended, they should be multiple and repeated as much as time and staff capacity allow. Also, choosing the experts in the field is very important as it will provide a unique opportunity for the attendees to listen and interact with those experts and share their thoughts, concerns and enquiries with them.

With regard to tips & tricks for other young presenters, I think it is very important in presentations to decrease the text in the presented slides to the accepted minimum and to provide more informative and attractive images. Also, having interactive questions will keep the audience more alert and focused.”