Distant learning in Pakistan went to next level when for the first time in Pakistan, a surgery was broadcasted over the internet to help educate surgeons and surgical students from various medical colleges and hospitals across the country.
The workshop on “Advanced Upper GI Laparoscopic Surgery” was broadcast live from Holy Family Hospital through videoconferencing facilities provided by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Doctors, consultants, trainee students from various medical colleges and hospitals attended the workshop. This is the first time in the history of the country an interactive surgery has been relayed over a high speed network across the country.
Surgery procedures were demonstrated live from Holy Family Hospital Telemedicine Centre’s operating theatres in Rawalpindi.
HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari informed the audience that 75 universities across the country are connected through videoconferencing facilities, which can be used for guest lectures, national and international seminars and conferences. Universities may even offer joint courses through this facility, he said.
The webcast was made possible through the Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN) 2, which connects different universities across the country. The network has its own nationwide PTCL powered gigabit network that is suitable for relaying interactive surgeries and telemedicine workshops.
PERN is a specialized internet service provider primarily dedicated to supporting the needs of the research and education communities. It is a high-speed backbone network, often offering dedicated channels for individual research projects.
Via Express Tribune