What Training Looks Like for Our Regenexx Network Physicians
POSTED ON 9/25/2018 IN Regenerative Medicine Education BY Chris Centeno
Regenexx is a true medical network, and one thing that makes us quite different from the rest is not only how we train our physicians but how we continue to train them once they’ve become part of our network. So what training is required for our Regenexx Network physicians? It’s an extensive process that I explain in the above video.
Only Physicians Highly Skilled in Image Guidance and Musculoskeletal Care
Only highly skilled physicians who are experienced in image guidance and treating musculoskeletal conditions are qualified for and accepted into our Regenexx Network. How selective are we in this process? Extremely selective! Since 2011, when we started building the network, we’ve had over a thousand physician applicants, but we’ve only accepted just over 100 into the Regenexx Network.
This selection and qualification process makes the network very different. If we were focused on maximizing income for the company, we would be letting every doctor with a heartbeat and a medical license on the network. Why? That’s how you can treat as many patients as humanly possible. However, our focus has always been on maximizing quality over quantity.
Learn more about this in my short video below:
Extensive IOF and Regenexx Training in Interventional Orthopedics
The Interventional Orthopedics Foundation (IOF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating physicians in precise image-guided procedures. This year, alone, for example, the IOF will provide 17 courses covering more than 90 different procedures. To be accepted into the Regenexx Network and to remain involved, physicians are required to undergo an immense amount of IOF training. This means that the student must first watch a didactic video covering how one of the 90+ procedures is performed and then take a cadaver course. During this hands-on phase, the student is taught and observed performing that procedure. This is their first opportunity for pass/fail, and believe me, IOF has failed doctors for not performing the procedures correctly. Then the student takes a written exam and must pass that as well.
In addition, Regenexx-specific training and education is required on top of IOF. This is all of the stuff that separates Regenexx from everything else out there. From basics, like which types of orthobiologics we use where, to how to avoid killing cells to how to perform the best possible bone marrow aspiration.
To learn more about interventional orthopedics and just how extensive this required training is, watch my video below:
What Does Some of the Initial and Ongoing Training Look Like?
How can we try to get all of our doctors on the same page? This is a multistep process that includes time spent at a mentor Regenexx site as well as watching real case studies to see how best to apply the technology. Let’s delve into the latter step.
Understanding how to perform a procedure is great, but you also need to know exactly when to apply it. Meaning, what kind of patient needs a precise injection of their MCL ligament in the knee versus just into the meniscus? Who needs to have stem cells placed into a low back disc versus who will do just fine getting advanced platelet products into the joints, ligaments, and around nerves? That’s the function of what we call our “onboarding videos.”
I also personally produce continuing medical education videos that are distributed to our doctors several times a month. Interventional orthopedics is constantly changing and growing, and Regenexx Network physicians must stay current not only to remain the most elite in the interventional orthopedics field but, most importantly, to provide the best care possible to patients.
The upshot? Getting on our network is tough. Training for our network is rigorous. Staying on our network requires CME. No other medical network in this space requires any of this as they’re mostly just a collection of customers for a product. In that case, you want to push as much product into as many physicians’ offices as feasible. However, that’s not how we run Regenexx. Why? Because quality has always been the most important part of what we do.
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