01 January 2020 | Interviews
DocMode is an e-platform dispensing authoritative, comprehensive and interactive learning programs for health professionals
Founded in 2017, Mumbai based DocMode is an e-platform dispensing authoritative, comprehensive and interactive learning programs for health professionals that comprises doctors, nurses, allied and medical students, across the world.
This year, DocMode announced collaborations with the Indian Dental Association, the International Council of Ophthalmology, and the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India, to take its initiatives further.
To find out more DocMode's plan in 2020, BioSpectrum interacted with Hans Albert Lewis, Founder & CEO, DocMode.
What are the recent initiatives taken by DocMode in the online learning space in India?
We at DocMode are enablers for healthcare professionals, from Learning to Practice. Being a global platform for outcome based learning, it is vital for us to keep on launching new initiatives to improve learning experience of healthcare professionals. Here are some of the key initiatives we have taken.
What has been the progress so far for those initiatives?
We have seen great result with these initiatives.
Which are the key areas DocMode is offering courses in?
Currently we have courses in Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition. We will be adding more courses in these specialties and onboard more courses for Dental, Gynecology and Orthopedics.
How is technology transforming outcome-based learning for Medical Professionals in India?
As our tagline goes, “DocMode – From Learning to Practice”, we are a global platform for OUTCOME BASED LEARNING (OBL). We understand the need for constant learning among all individuals in healthcare which is a field that is evolving every single day.
Technology is an enabler to deliver outcome based learning, as it facilitates faculty members to discuss in focus group meetings for better outcome. Based on this expected outcome the course content is created by different faculty members and shared with the international university for review. Curriculum is designed by mind mapping the intended outcomes that learners should achieve by the end of the course. This entire process works on the backbone of technology involving multiple educators and industry KOLs. Further these e-Learning courses are self – paced, so learners can complete as per their free time. Learners also have access to these courses, so they can refer to the content multiple times which helps to better the learning experience. We also provide these mind maps to learners which help them to visually comprehend and structure their knowledge while they are going through the course.
Lastly, live lectures by these top KOL faculty helps learners to connect via discussion boards and get their queries resolved.
What are the current challenges in this space of online learning?
Successful change or behavior change towards any new thing comes only in stages. One of the biggest challenges is acceptance by the NMC and state medical councils. Unless the associations open up towards allowing and accreditation of e-Learning portals, it would still pose as a bigger challenge for learners to join these courses. Already in the US, UK and Europe, doctors venture in e-Learning to update themselves with new developments and this is an accepted norm.
Another area is quality content, doctors as we know are very busy and the bigger the KOL, it becomes more difficult to get them onboard to conduct lectures for sharing knowledge. This has been one of the key reasons to include international faculty along with Indian faculty to create a course with a local flavor.
What are the major plans for 2020 in India?
Being a learner centric organization and a startup gives us the opportunity to be agile as we always offer courses based on learner demand. Here are our key plans for 2020:
Are you planning any collaboration with the government of India?
For the next few years, our plan is to focus and remain learner centric in the future offering value based learning.