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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, Shannon, Kat, Karee and Tracy, with the assistance of the surgeons of Edmonton. Note to experts: please note that these podcasts are only intended as brief introductions for medical students - we cannot delve into the more complex nuances of advanced surgery in a 10-minute podcast. We encourage all listeners to supplement their learning by seeing patients, assisting at surgeries and reading widely!
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May 24, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Paul Schembri, a plastic surgeon from the University of Alberta discussed Flexor Tenosynovitis.

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

  • Understand the importance of the topic
  • Discuss the Pathophysiology
  • Recognize the clinical presentation
  • Identify the differential diagnosis
  • Discuss treatment and complications
May 23, 2017

In this video Dr. James Wolfli, a plastic surgeon at the University of Alberta, demonstrates how to give a complete physical examination of the face.

After watching this video you should be able to:

  • understand how to rule our head/spinal injuries
  • describe facial inspections
  • comprehend facial sensation in regard to injuries
  • test vision during a facial examination
  • check the occlusion
  • perform facial palpation
  • examine the head from a different perspective
May 17, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Paul Schembri, a plastic surgeon from the University of Alberta explains Necrotizing Skin and Soft Tissue Infections.

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

  • Understand the importance of the topic
  • Discuss the Pathophysiology
  • Recognize the clinical presentation
  • Identify the differential diagnosis
  • Discuss treatment and management options
May 17, 2017

In this video Dr. James Wolfli, a plastic surgeon at the University of Alberta, demonstrates how to give a complete physical examination of the hand.

After watching this video you should be able to:

  • test vascularity of the hand
  • perform a sensation exam of the hand
  • demonstrate how to examine the motor function of the hand
May 10, 2017

In this episode of Surgery 101 we are joined by Dr. James Wolfli, a Plastic Surgeon from the University of Alberta, who will be discussing Wounds and Dressings.

After listening to this podcast you should be able to:

  • Discuss wound classification
  • Review tissue and patient status
  • Explain the decision tree including primary closure, debridement, and dressings
  • Understand particular wound examples
May 3, 2017

In this video Dr. Aleem Lalani, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Alberta discusses how to read an x-ray.

After watching this video you should be able to:

  • Understand how to read an x-ray
May 3, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Colleen Weeks, an Orthopedic Surgery Fellow at the University of Alberta, discusses Lower Extremity Injuries. After listening to this podcast you should be able to: 

  • Understand the presentation and pathophysiology of these 3 common lower extremity injuries
  • Discuss the imaging and differential diagnosis for all 3 injuries
  • Explain treatment options for Hip Fractures, Femur Fractures, and Tibia/Fibula Fractures
Apr 26, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Colleen Weeks, an Orthopedic Surgery Fellow at the University of Alberta, discusses Upper Extremity Fractures. After listening to this podcast you should be able to:

  • Understand the presentation and pathophysiology of these 3 common upper extremity fractures
  • Discuss the imaging and differential diagnosis for all 3 fractures
  • Explain treatment options for Distal Radius Fractures, Scaphoid Fractures, and Distal Radius Fractures
Apr 26, 2017

In this video Dr. Aleem Lalani, an Orthopedic surgeon at the University of Alberta, demonstrates how to give a complete physical examination of the spine.

After watching this video you should be able to:

  • Look for any abnormalities in the spine
  • Palpate the spine for any causes of pain for discomfort
  • Understand the range of motion tests on the spine
  • Perform a neurologic exam of the spine
  • Complete special tests for further investigation
Apr 19, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Colleen Weeks, an Orthopedic Surgery Fellow at the University of Alberta, discusses Lower Extremity Osteoarthritis. After listening to this podcast you should be able to:

  • Understand it’s importance, and prevalence
  • Discuss the pathophysiology and typical clinical presentation
  • Explain how to perform a complete history and physical examination
  • List the common differential diagnosis and tests to confirm Osteoarthritis
  • Review the treatment options and complications
Apr 19, 2017

In this video Dr. Aleem Lalani, an Orthopedic surgeon at the University of Alberta, demonstrates how to give a complete physical examination of the knees.

After watching this video you should be able to:

  • Understand how to visually inspect the knees
  • Review the palpation of the knee
  • Perform the ROM and strength tests of the knees
  • Discuss special tests to perform on the knee joint
Apr 12, 2017

In this podcast Dr. Aleem Lalani, and Orthopedic Surgeon at the university of Alberta discusses Fracture Healing. Although most fractures tend to heal uneventfully, there are complications that can occur in some patients.  Common complications of fracture healing include:

  • Acute compartment syndrome
  • Infection
  • Malunion
  • Nonunion
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Apr 12, 2017

In this video Dr. Aleem Lalani, an Orthopedic surgeon at the University of Alberta, demonstrates how to give a complete physical examination of the shoulder.

After watching this video you should be able to:

  • Understand how to visually inspect the shoulder joint
  • Review the palpation of the shoulder
  • Perform the ROM and strength tests of the shoulders
  • Discuss special tests to perform on the shoulder joint
Apr 5, 2017

In this podcast Dr. Aleem Lalani, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Alberta, discusses assessing a painful joint. After listening to this podcast you will be able to:

  • Understand why it is important to thoroughly evaluate the acutely painful major joint
  • Perform a complete history and physical examination of the joint
  • Discuss investigations and which findings lead to which diagnosis
Apr 5, 2017

In this video Dr. Aleem Lalani, an Orthopedic surgeon at the University of Alberta, demonstrates how to give a complete physical examination of the hips.

After watching this video you should be able to:

  • Understand how to inspect the hip joints
  • Review the palpation of the hip joints
  • Perform the ROM and strength tests of the hips
Mar 29, 2017

In this podcast, Dr. Heather Cox, a Vascular Surgeon at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, discusses developing an approach to the patients with chronic limb ischemia.

After listening to this podcast you should be able to:

  • Define chronic limb ischemia
  • Understand the clinical presentations and diagnostic approaches to patients with suspected chronic limb ischemia

Describe the medical and surgical management of chronic limb ischemia.

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