For Tom Reiser, Executive Director of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), learning is a key path for meeting unsolved challenges and increasing knowledge about important medical issues globally.
In this episode, Tom talks with Celisa Steele about the great benefits of expanded access to education, the potential for measuring and increasing impact, and why competition in the lifelong learning market is a good thing. He also highlights World Thrombosis Day and the essential role of education in spreading awareness and knowledge about this common medical condition.
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[00:18] – Preview of what will be covered in this podcast with Tom Reiser, Executive Director of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH).
[02:00]- Introduction to Tom Reiser and some background information about Tom and ISTH.
[04:05] – What do you see as the role of learning and education in the work that ISTH does? Tom discusses how critical learning is and that ISTH has developed different opportunities, methods, and platforms for its members beyond what has traditionally been offered in the past.
[07:10] –What role does learning play in your overall organizational strategy? Tom explains how learning aligns with their mission to advance the field because in order to do that, you need to advance the individual.
[08:35] – Do you have other goals or aspirations for what you are trying to do as an organization with learning? Tom explains how their main goal is to individually and collectively find solutions to unsolved medical diagnostic challenges to better prevent and treat illnesses and he discusses the critical role learning plays in that.
[10:22] – How do you go about gauging the impact of education and learning that you offer? Tom shares that they have taken a short-term view with this and that they are aligning themselves with what CME accreditation is requiring. He talks about the extreme value in one day being able to assess the long-term impact of the learning.
[12:23] – What insights have you had around learning (things that have worked or maybe haven’t worked)? Tom explains the importance of being extremely clear from the beginning including who, what, and why. He also shares how they have developed a core curriculum with identified key competencies so that they can identify learning needs and address them in a structured way.
[15:20] – A further discussion about the importance of a disciplined approach to designing learning opportunities to ensure that you don’t waste resources.
[16:20] – Is there anything happening now with learning or education that is exciting to you (either at or outside of ISTH)? Tom shares that the most exciting thing to him is how learning/education is becoming more widely available and the global impact this has. He also explains that although technology provides for new opportunities for learning, sometimes personal discussions/interactions are still the most impactful and you have to be mindful of that.
[18:48] – A discussion about how ISTH deals with additional learning barriers as an international organization. This includes meeting needs of not only all the different types of members but understanding that they have different access to knowledge depending on where they are in the world.
[19:35] – Is ISTH feeling any threat from competitive or alternative sources of learning? Tom explains that he likes the competition because ultimately it helps the field advance–it keeps them on their toes to continually do the best.
[22:15] – Have you come across potential solutions to the competition? Have you explored collaborations with other organizations? Tom shares that they have successfully collaborated with other organizations. He explains the benefits of collaboration for ISTH, and associations in general.
[24:59] – What do you think associations and their leaders need to do to ensure that associations continue to play a strong leadership role in lifelong learning? Tom discusses the importance of looking at this strategically to see what the community needs, beyond looking just its members.
[26:47] – On a personal level, how do you think about your own lifelong learning? How do you keep learning and grow your knowledge/skills and perspective? Tom reveals that he appreciates a mix of social and formal learning and he shares examples of each. He also explains the critical role that curiosity plays in learning.
And tune into World Thrombosis Day (to be held every year on October 13th). The goal is to raise global awareness of thrombosis. To find out more, visit: https://www.worldthrombosisday.org
[32:11] – Wrap-Up
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[33:47] – Sign off