Following their initial presentation on 'how should we educate healthcare professionals for the 4th Industrial Revolution? the students of the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences (MIRS), University of Johannesburg, were invited by the Gauteng Department of Health Radiography Sub-directorate to deliver the same talk at the 18th Radiography Seminar. The Radiography Seminar is an annual event open to all the Radiographers employed in the Gauteng Department of Health to exchange ideas on best practice and deliberate on topical issues affecting the profession. The Radiography Seminar for 2019 was held on Saturday 16 November at the Professional Provident Society (PPS) Building in Parktown, Johannesburg. More than one hundred (100) Radiographers attended the seminar. Under the guidance of their lecturer Ms Brenda Mahlaola, the third year B. Rad Ultrasound students gave a talk on how emerging technologies in the 4th Industrial Revolution are calling for a review of current pedagogies in teaching, learning and clinical training.
The presentation focused on the changing roles of health care professionals mandated by the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The technology of AI allows for the automation of certain medical devices and services which then causes certain jobs to become redundant whilst creating new jobs instead. This then raises serious and thought provoking question about the future of radiographers if, they are to remain relevant as health care in the era of 4IR.
To this effect, the students grappled with questions such as: (i) what kinds of attributes should future graduates possess? (ii) What opportunities exist to reskill the current health care work force? Several challenges perceived from a student point of view were also alluded to and these included the issue of preparing scholars for self-directed and independent approach to learning and of; preparing students for a paradigm shift from face-to-face teaching approaches to on-line teaching approaches. The presentation was well-received as a topic that deserves to be tabled as an agenda item at meeting of the Centre for Public Survive Innovation (CPSI). In addition, Ms Brenda Mahlaola was invited to take part in future engagements with CPSI concerning issues of 41R education and training in Radiography. The Department of MIRS would like to thank the Gauteng Department of Health Radiography Sub-directorate for giving its students the platform to engage with the industry and to congratulate the students on representing the University of Johannesburg well.