Last month our program director for family medicine training asked if “anyone” was available to do some pediatric lectures for a group of doctors.
Three hours of lectures, coming up in less than a week.
So of course as the pediatrician in our group, I “volunteered.”
I found out this group of doctors was part of the national family medicine retraining initiative, where specialists are receiving a month of intensive family medicine education and then sent back to their places to work in some kind of family medicine-community health-ish kind of environment.
And I had 3 hours to give them the sum total of pediatric education they might ever receive.
How to condense 3 years of residency into 3 hours???
I decided to go by the old adage of “first, do no harm.”
Fortunately I was able to use a lot of previous materials I had lectured on before, and selectively incorporate it into my presentation.
My most excellent Chinese colleague (and translator) and I also prepared some jeopardy questions and broke the group up into teams, with homemade chocolate chip cookies as prizes.
In the end, I was extremely pleased with the fascinating discussions we had about some of the questions, and this group of doctors, mostly from western China, was the most interactive audience I have met thus far while living in China.
We had a great time learning from each other about our different perspectives and common goals in treating children.
And every last cookie disappeared.
As much as Chinese people keep telling me they don’t like sweets, I find the opposite to be true.