Monday, June 08, 2009

The Overseers learn medicine

Our Board of Overseers comprises several dozen members of the community who have chosen to spend time learning about BIDMC, assisting in governance, and being ambassadors in the community. Today, over 200 of them and their friends joined us for an interactive experience in a number of our clinical and research areas. Several tours took place.

Here, you see one group visiting with Dr. Ram Chuttani in our advanced endoscopy suite. They are in the conference area that serves as the control room for the GI Division's educational offerings. The most famous is the Boston International Live Endoscopy Course, a cooperative venture of BIDMC, Rhode island Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women's hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. This is a three day course, with live endoscopies shared across the world, with commentary from Ram and other leading physicians.

With another group, Dr. Gary Horowitz from our Pathology Department explains the principles and techniques of clinical pathology to our Overseers, describing the millions of blood tests performed each year. He also pointed out the automatic testing equipment (like that below) that makes it possible to do these tests quickly and with a high degree of accuracy.

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