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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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May 20, 2011

In this episode, Dr Dan Birch gives an introduction to the principles of minimally invasive surgery. After listening to this episode, learners will be able to:

  • define minimally invasive surgery
  • list common operations carried out using a minimally invasive approach
  • describe some of the benefits of minimally invasive surgery
  • outline the ways that minimally invasive surgery has changed how the operating room works
  • outline the impact of minimally invasive surgery on the training of surgeons

Running time 23:23

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