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Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Josten is Director of the Clinic for Traumatology and Reconstructive Surgery and the Spine Center at the University Hospital Leipzig, Germany.
We had the opportunity to meet Prof. Josten at a major orthopedic and trauma event. Read what he has to say about the technological advances in the field of medical education.
How has the access to medical knowledge changed in the past?
Considering the astonishing speed at which knowledge has travelled in the past years, I would describe the situation somewhere between hopeful and desperate. Hopeful – because it has become so easy to access and disseminate information. Desperate – because the more information becomes available the more difficult in has become to focus on the most relevant content by following a red thread.
The complexity of available media has become abundant for both surgeons as well as patients. More and more patients tend to self diagnose themselves by searching the internet for treatment solutions for their symptoms. But this access to unfiltered information can be risky and dangerous.
How do you cope with the abundance of medical information?
With the years comes experience and with the experience comes the capability of judging the quality of papers after reading the first lines only. Doctors do not always have to be following the latest trends, we do not have to use and be present on all media. The internet is only one of the sources surgeons can refer to when in need of information, but there are many more sources that I consider as very important:
• Personal relationships with other surgeons: This „human filter“ is fundamental in times of an overabundance of media and information
• Attendance of congresses and courses: every surgeon has to learn and appreciate the „verbal transfer of information“
Of course I acknowledge the relevancy of new technological opportunities, but let me put it like this: new cars are not always the safest. But if you consider the advantages especially for third world countries where access to information is a luxury, the internet provides the surgeons with endless possibilities.
How often do you read and what do you read?
At my age, I don’t read books anymore, I write them. Jokes aside, frankly speaking, I read very little and when I read I am very selective. I read only the latest journals. More importantly it is to meet up with peers at congresses and courses. I am still from the older generation. I love to hold a printed version of the journal in my hands.
What would you recommend surgeons from the „new generation“?
I absolutely understand the importance and convenience of the usage of new technologies as mobile apps for tablets or smartphones. The clear advantage is the comprehensive and easier search across different databases and devices and I am completely supportive of this.