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Surgery 101

Welcome to Surgery 101, a series of podcasts produced with the help of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The podcasts are intended to serve as brief introductions or reviews of surgical topics for medical students. We've aimed to cover a single topic in between 10-20 minutes so that you can quickly get a good idea of the basic concepts involved. Every episode is divided into chapters and concludes with several key points to summarize the topic. We are always keen to receive your feedback on our podcasts, and we are accepting suggestions for additional topics. New episodes are published every Wednesday. 'Surgery 101' was created by Dr Parveen Boora and Dr Jonathan White, and is supported by the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta. Our 2010 series of podcasts are brought to you by the Undergrad Surgery Mobile Podcasting Studio Team which is: Jonathan, Jenni, and many wonderful students, with the assistance of the surgeons of Edmonton.
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Nov 14, 2018

In this special episode of the Surgery 101 Jenni Marshall, program assistant in digital education, shares a preview of our new kids podcast Surgery ABCs. This podcast was started to help teach kids about the human body and different healthcare careers they may encounter.

This episode is called “What happens if I break a bone?” and we will be explaining not what happens when you break a bone and the Dr. who helps fix it. You can find Surgery ABCs on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Libsyn, and our website.

Nov 7, 2018

In this episode Luckshi Rajendran, a visiting medical student from the University of British Columbia, will discuss Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return.

By the end of the podcast you should be able to:

  • Define total anomalous pulmonary venous return as a cause of cyanotic heart disease
  • Understand the embryology and pathophysiology of the disease
  • Outline the clinical presentation
  • Describe currently available management strategies
Oct 31, 2018

Today's episode will be the fourth of a pediatric cardiovascular surgery podcast series overviewing cyanotic congenital heart defects, brought to you by Luckshi Rajendran, a visiting medical student from the University of British Columbia. The topic of today's podcast is tetralogy of fallot.

By the end of the podcast you should be able to:

  • Define tetralogy of fallot as a cause of cyanotic heart disease
  • Understand the embryology and pathophysiology of the disease
  • Outline the clinical presentation
  • Describe currently available management strategies
Oct 24, 2018

Today’s episode will be the third of a pediatric cardiovascular surgery podcast series overviewing cyanotic congenital heart defects, brought to you by Luckshi Rajendran, a visiting medical student from the University of British Columbia. The topic of today’s podcast is tricuspid valve atresia.

By the end of the podcast you should be able to:

  • Define tricuspid valve atresia as a cause of cyanotic heart disease
  • Understand the embryology and pathophysiology of the disease
  • Outline the clinical presentation
  • Describe currently available management strategies
Oct 17, 2018

Today's episode will be the second of a pediatric cardiovascular surgery podcast series overviewing cyanotic congenital heart defects, brought to you by Luckshi Rajendran, a visiting medical student from the University of British Columbia. The topic of today's podcast is transposition of the great arteries.

By the end of the podcast you should be able to:

  • define transposition of the great arteries as a cause of cyanotic heart disease
  • Understand the embryology and pathophysiology of the disease
  • Outline the clinical presentation
  • Describe currently available management strategies
Oct 10, 2018

Today’s episode will be the first of a pediatric cardiovascular surgery podcast series overviewing cyanotic congenital heart defects, brought to you by Luckshi Rajendran, a visiting medical student from the University of British Columbia.

By the end of the podcast you should be able to:

  • Define truncus arteriosus as a cause of cyanotic heart disease
  • Understand the embryology and pathophysiology of truncus arteriosus
  • Outline the clinical presentation
  • Describe currently available management strategies
Oct 3, 2018

In this episode Cindy Gilmore, a Physician Assistant (PA) from the General Surgery service at the Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton will give an overview of what Physician Assistants are and how they assist with not only the General Surgery department but various other subspecialties.

After listening to this podcast you should be able to:

  • Define what a Physician Assistant (PA) is
  • Review the roles of a PA
  • Explain how PAs are trained and where they are employed
  • Discuss how many PAs are in Canada
  • Describe how PAs are regulate in Canada
Sep 26, 2018

This video takes you through a patient's journey in the healthcare system on their way to surgery. Including pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care; highlighting all the people they meet on their journey.

Sep 19, 2018

In this episode, with the help of Dr. Jimenez, a Gynecologic Oncologist from the Juravinski Cancer Centre, 3rd year McMaster medical student Emma Herrington discusses an overview of, and approach to, endometrial cancer.

After listening to this episode, learners should be able to:

  • Have a general approach for classifying the different histopathologies of endometrial cancer
  • Develop an overall framework of staging
  • Relate staging to treatment options
Sep 12, 2018

In this episode, with the help of Dr. Jimenez, a Gynecologic Oncologist from the Juravinski Cancer Centre, 3rd year McMaster medical student Emma Herrington discusses an overview of, and approach to, endometrial cancer.

After listening to this episode, learners should be able to:

  1. Recognize the common clinical presentation of endometrial cancer;
  2. Understand how to diagnose endometrial cancer;
Sep 5, 2018

In this podcast University of Alberta 3rd year medical student, Katie Girgulis, will discuss the topic of Scoliosis in the pediatric population.

After listening to this podcast you should be able to:

  • Understand how to recognize and diagnose scoliosis in pediatric patients
  • List categories for the etiology of scoliosis and provide some examples
  • List key elements of a history and physical exam to identify the likely etiology of a patient’s scoliosis
  • Understand appropriate investigations and follow-up for patients with scoliosis
  • Recognize red flag features and know when to refer
Aug 29, 2018

In this episode medical student Alick Wang will discuss Spina Bifida.

After listening to this podcast you should be able to:

  • Define Spina Bifida and understand it’s importance
  • Discuss the relevant pathophysiology;
  • Explain how it’s diagnosed, and whether or not to treat;
  • Review treatment options
  • Understand the prognosis and complications
Aug 21, 2018

A sequel to "The Prisoner of the Gallbladder", something even has returned to the abdomen! This time, it is Harry the Hernia stirring up trouble for Carmine the Small Intestine. Luckily, her older brother, Chris Pine the Large Intestine is here to help! Can Carmine and Chris work together to thwart the sly hernia, Harry?

Apr 18, 2018

In this episode of Surgery 101 final year McMaster medical student, Julie La, will discuss the complications associated with Bariatric Surgery.

By the end of this podcast you should be able to:

  • List some common complications of the various bariatric surgeries
  • Discuss diagnosis and management of these complications
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