Meet our new Head of Academy, Ricard Robledo, who joins us at an exciting time for TMC – and for the Academy programme in particular.
Our courses are proving to be a popular way for busy radiologists to gain experience, expertise and qualifications that fits with their demanding lives. Our e-learning platforms are offering more flexibility and convenience than ever before and our Fellowships are growing in strength and stature.
So, we thought we’d spend a few minutes chatting with Ricard to ask him the big questions: What it is that makes him tick? Why is continuing education so important? What exciting plans does he have for The Academy over the coming years.
And this is what he said:
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Ricard. I am a biochemist and I’ve been working in digital healthcare since 2005. Before that, I worked in Neurobiology in Germany, playing with Hippocampus and mice brains! Two lives in one. However, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial streak within me, which is one of the reasons that TMC appealed to me. It’s already been a great start and I’m positive that this is just the beginning of an exciting journey!
What are you looking forward to most in your new role?
For me, I’m really looking forward to provide the highest quality of training to as many clinicians as possible, beginning with radiologists and pathologists. I think the TMC Academy approach can have a real impact on their clinical practice and can really help to keep their quality standards up in a way that doesn’t take too much time from their already busy lives.
What did you do before TMC?
I’m experienced in driving digital transformation/acceleration strategies aimed at improving healthcare organisations’ commercial efficiency. I’ve created, led and managed large scale healthcare marketing initiatives all the way from strategy development to execution at both and international and local market level. I’ve done this in major companies such as Brystol-Myers Squibb, where I worked to develop the multi-channel strategy.
I also worked for Elsevier Health Science where I looked after the e-Pharma business holding both local and international roles and before that, I was at Novartis, where I was e-Marketing Manager for Spain and a member of the Global Digital Transformation team. Immediately before joining TMC, I headed up the Global Digital Healthcare professional area for Nutricia’s international team in Holland.
What are the best/most unique advantages of TMC Academy?
The TMC Academy was born from the mission and the core purpose of TMC: to bring quality healthcare to all people.
TMC is uniquely placed to create and deliver compelling training experiences, partly due to the sheer volume of cases that we handle each year and the depth of knowledge held by the many expert radiologists and pathologists that we have in house. All that experience allows us to deliver some of the best training in the sector and to find innovative ways of delivering it to maximise the benefit and minimise the time commitment – something that we know is important for all busy radiologists.
Why is continuous education so important for teleradiologists?
We all know that quality is job one. Any mismatch diagnosed by the radiology team could have a direct impact on patient outcomes and that can have very serious consequences. Also, since the majority of radiologists are general radiologists, it’s vitally important to support and help them throughout their sub-specialisation training journey. That’s what we are here to do and that is why we are gathering some of the leading international experts in their fields to lead our courses. We’re working to use technology to make our courses as easy and as accessible as possible so that they can keep learning and get better at what they do. This sub-specialist expertise is vital to keep up the highest standards of clinical practice.
How is technology influencing the way you deliver courses?
Technology is critical. It allows us to create and simulate real clinical environments through things like structured reporting integrated with PACS. This enables us to develop Learning by doing training environments, which we believe is the most effective approach for training. [more here]
What are the highlights of the year ahead for TMC Academy?
We’re really excited about the prospects for the year ahead and I can’t wait to build on the great work that has already been done on Academy over the last few years. One of the things we’re most excited about is rolling out our brand new Online Diagnostic Reporting solution – but I’ll tell you more about that in another article…
What is your ambition for Academy?
Our ambition is simple: we want to be the first-choice medical education hub for telediagnostic clinicians. That’s what we work for every day and we’re confident that our plans will enable us to achieve that goal.
What are your impressions of TMC and the Academy team so far?
I love working for TMC. I’m really proud of what the team have achieved so far and the potential is enormous. There is a good, positive culture in the company and I look forward to coming to work each day. While we’re still a small team, I think we’re already doing really well and delivering on some big projects. We’re all really excited about taking this to the next level.
Any interesting things you’d like to share with us about yourself?
I’ve always had a bit of an attraction to anything entrepreneurial, so this is why I am really enjoying myself at the Academy and can’t wait to get stuck in. Outside of work, I love music – everything from Laurent Garnier to Brad Mehldau. I also love hanging out with family and friends. There is nothing better than being around good people.
For more information or to sign up for one of our courses, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming up at The Academy:
The courses are for basic and advanced level and give you the knowledge you need to get to the next level in radiology. Choose from:
- Sept 13-14: Adult and Paediatric Neuroradiology MRI Course, Barcelona, Spain
- Oct 18-20: The 6th Barcelona Musculoskeletal MRI Course, Barcelona, Spain
- Nov 8-9: The Abdominal and Pelvic MRI course for MDT meetings, Barcelona, Spain
TMC Academy’s Fellowship programme is designed for the individual radiologist embarking on a subspecialised path. The Fellow will work with a subspecialised radiologist with extensive experience in radiology reporting and teaching.
The purpose of the Fellowship is to learn through daily lectures, reporting from individual workstations and subsequent group discussion. The programme is flexible and adaptable to your needs. Choose from:
- Apr 9-13: Abdominal CT and MRI Fellowship with Dr A Palko
- Apr 23-27: Musculoskeletal MRI Fellowship with Dr M Wienk
- May 14-18: Neuroradiology Fellowship with Dr Z Rumboldt
- Aug 27-31: Abdominal and Pelvic MRI Fellowship with Dr M Torkzad
- Sept 24-28: Musculoskeletal MRI Fellowship with Dr Sandro Galea-Soler
For more information or to sign up for one of our courses, contact: email@example.com