Dr Jonathan White talks about Phase 2 of the Surgery 101 project, and describes his plans for 2014.
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Surgery 101 wishes all of our listeners a happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous 2014.
It may have seemed a little quiet here for the last few weeks, but we have been working very hard in the background to get ready for Phase 2 of Surgery 101, coming in January 2014!
There's a special announcement coming very soon, we think you're going to like what we have lined up for next year!
The Surgery 101 Team
One of the friends of Surgery 101 is doing an innovative study on the use of the virtual environment Second Life in medical education, and he's looking for volunteers to test out a cool virtual space.
If you're interested, please watch this video and then contact Rashid Kashani at the email address provided!
At this week's pre-Christmas Surgical Education Rounds, Dr Bin Zheng discussed "Eye movements in surgery: A literature review" by Hermens et al (2013). We had a great discussion about this very new field of research, considering:
- is it possible to train a surgeon how to look better?
- is 'proper eye movement' a basic, intermediate or advanced skill?
- what are the important differences between 'watching' and 'doing'?
- is this only applicable to screen-based surgery, or can it be applied to open surgery?
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This month's Surgical Education Rounds was on a recent paper from the University of Ottawa looking at competency in the OR, 'The Ottawa Surgical Competency Operating Room Evaluation (O-SCORE): a tool to assess surgical competence', by Wade Gofton et al (2012). We had a great discussion about how to measure competence in the OR, both from a surgical and a psychometric perspective. A key point was - is there a basic framework of competency that is common across all operations? There's lots of work to do in this area!
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Team Undergrad Surgery was in attendance at the 2013 national meeting of the Canadian Undergraduate Surgery Education Committee in Ottawa in November. There was excellent representation from all across the country, and great discussion of the current hot topics in surgical education. Dr Paul Belliveau was also named as the John Provan Outstanding Canadian Surgical Educator - well done, Paul!
I was recently asked to be a visiting professor at the University of Utah, so I spent a few days in Salt Lake City visiting with the surgeons there and giving some talks. I spoke on a couple of topics:
I had a great time during my short visit, and received such a warm and generous welcome. Thanks to all of the great folks who spent time sharing their stories with me, especially Amalia Cochrane and Bill Peche and the members of the Salt Lake Surgical Society. And many thanks to Kelly and Peter for sharing breakfast with me and to Kelly for driving me over to the hospital! It was a privilege to see your M&M and resident selection processes in action, and it was great to talk to your residents and students, the surgeons of the future!
At this month's Surgical Education Rounds, Dr Bin Zheng discussed a recent paper entitled: Prospective, randomized assessment of transfer of training (ToT) and transfer effectiveness ratio (TER) of virtual reality simulation training for laparoscopic skill acquisition. This paper is one of the first to establish that skills learned in a virtual reality environment can be transferred into in real-world tasks.
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At this month's Surgical Education Rounds, we discussed a classic paper by Musselman et al on intimidation and harassment in surgical education. It was published way back in 2005, but it still has a lot to say about the culture of surgery, and why it's sometimes perceived as a threatening environment. As the authors say:
"Even while their dysfunctional characteristics are recognised, intimidation and harassment are often seen as functional educational tools."
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I had a lot of fun talking to our Year 1 medical students today about Surgical Therapeutics! Here are a few images from the session, and a list of questions they asked. I'll try to answer as many of them as I can over the next few days...
Pictures are here
Note: we are looking for students with an interest in scripting, editing and video production to get involved in Surgery 101 Studios this year. If you're interested, please email us at email@example.com or send a tweet to @canadiansurgeon.
Kat Pederson made us a delicious Surgery 101 cake to celebrate our one millionth download!
It's been a little quiet here on the Surgery 101 website over the summer, but there's been a lot of work going on behind the scenes on our "Surgery 101 Studios" project. We really think you're going to like what's coming up, here is a little sneak peek for now!
This week Surgery 101 is hosting another excellent educational video produced by our amazing medical students from Edmonton.
The video is 'Approach to Chest CT', by Roochi Arora and Parichita Choudhury.
YouTubeLink (go to Episode Extras in the app to access)
(Video hosted by YouTube, produced by Arora & Choudhury, 2013)
In this episode, Susan Chaudoir explains our recent study called ‘Ask the Surgeon’, considering what pre-clinical medical students want to know about surgery
At last night’s meeting of the League of Surgical Educators, we reviewed Hill & Vaughan’s paper on gendered medical student experiences in surgery, “The only girl in the room: how paradigmatic trajectories deter female students from surgical careers.” The paper was excellent and stimulated a wide-ranging discussion about career decisions for all medical students. Lessons I took away from the discussion were:
1. You only have one life, and you have to decide for yourself how to live it. All choices have consequences, and every path you take will contain regrets.
2. Don’t take anyone else’s word for it when you’re making important decisions about your life. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t be.
3. Becoming a physician is hard, regardless of which speciality you choose. There are plenty of other specialities which require hard work and dedication, and plenty of unhappy doctors in non-surgical specialities. The narrative about a surgical career requiring sacrifice is a powerful one (see also: Grey’s Anatomy), but it’s not necessarily true and it doesn’t have to be that way if you don’t want.
4. We need more good people in surgery, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or class.
Click on the image below for the abstract.
In this episode, Krista Lai discusses medical students' attitudes to online professionalism and the use of social networking software.
In this episode, Kerry Wong discusses the use of medical television dramas in the teaching of medicine and surgery.
In this video episode, Dr Jonathan White considers the advantages and potential challenges associated with using mobile computing devices such as the iPhone in medical education.