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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. '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 and many wonderful students, with the assistance of the surgeons of Edmonton.
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Oct 27, 2020

In this episode, with the help of Dr. Scott Penner, a general surgeon practicing in Cambridge Memorial Hospital, 2nd-year medical student McMaster University student Nivedh Patro discusses an overview of hiatal hernias.

After listening to this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  1. Define the different types of hiatal hernias
  2. Identify the main presenting symptoms of the different types of hiatal hernias, and distinguish emergent from non-emergent scenarios
  3. Describe the preoperative workup of hiatal hernias
Oct 21, 2020

In this podcast, Gaurav Talwar highlights some recent advances in the medical and surgical management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He will build on the concepts introduced by Dr. White and Dr. Bistritz in their 2012 seven lecture series on IBD, so please be sure to listen to those podcasts as well.

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

  1. Describe recent advances in the medical management of IBD including the mechanisms and indications of current biologics, biosimilars, and Tofacitinib, a small molecule drug.
  2. Outline recent advances in the surgical management of IBD including the impact of minimally invasive techniques and the evolving role of surgery.
  3. Explain the all-important role of multidisciplinary care for patients with IBD.
Aug 31, 2020

Student Yasmin Valji discusses Mediastinal Masses.

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

-Describe the anatomy of the mediastinum

-List the differential differential diagnosis of mediastinal masses

-Describe the clinical presentation of an anterior mediastinal mass

-Develop an approach to work up and treatment of mediastinal masses

Aug 31, 2020

Student Yasmin Valji discusses chest tube insertion and removal. After listening to this episode, learners will be able to:

A) List the indications for chest tube insertion

B) Describe the proper positioning and insertion technique for tube thoracostomy

C) List the complications of chest tube insertion

D) Describe the mechanism how the chest drainage system works

E) Troubleshoot improperly functioning chest tubes

F) Determine when a chest tube can be removed and describe proper removal technique

Jun 3, 2020

The Surgery 101 Team provides some thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Jonathan White, Shannon Erichsen, Michelle Lindberg, Kellie Wright-Tootoosis and Patrick Ciechanski.

Jan 29, 2020

In this podcast, 4th-year medical student Mandy Litt form the University of Saskatchewan will review
postpartum endometritis. After listening to this podcast, you should be able to:

  • Describe the risk factors and pathophysiology of postpartum endometritis
  • Recognize symptoms of the condition
  • Create a differential diagnosis for a postpartum fever and postpartum pelvic pain
  • Construct an effective management plan
Jan 28, 2020

In this podcast, 4th-year medical student Mandy Litt from the University of Saskatchewan discusses
Postpartum Hypertension. After listening to this podcast, you should be able to:
• Describe the various forms of hypertension in pregnancy and the postpartum period
• Recognize the symptoms of this condition
• Create a differential diagnosis of postpartum hypertension
• Discuss the treatment options

Jan 22, 2020

In this podcast, 4th-year medical student Mandy Litt from the University of Saskatchewan discusses
Postpartum Hemorrhage. After listening to this podcast, you should be able to:
• Describe the risk factors for postpartum hemorrhage
• Recognize the symptoms of this condition
• Create a differential diagnosis of postpartum hemorrhage
• Construct an effective management plan and understand methods for prevention

Jan 21, 2020

In this podcast, 4th-year medical student Mandy Litt from the University of Saskatchewan will review maternal physiology. After listening to this podcast, you should be able to:
• Understand the basic physiology that occurs during pregnancy and the postpartum period
• Be able to recognize medical issues that can arise during these periods of time

Jan 16, 2020

 Rebecca Afford is a 4th year medical student from the Northern Medical Program at UBC. This podcast has been created with help from Dr. Jonathan Misskey, vascular surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. 

The topic of today’s podcast will be acute limb ischemia. 

  • By the end of this podcast, the listener should be able to:
    • #1. Define the importance of recognizing and treating acute limb ischemia
    • #2. Understand the pathophysiology and risk factors for acute limb ischemia
    • #3. Identify key features on history and physical examination suggestive of acute limb ischemia 
    • #4. Create a differential diagnosis for acute limb ischemia
    • #5. Understand the natural history of acute limb ischemia 
    • #6. Be aware of surgical and non-surgical options for the treatment of acute limb ischemia 
    • and finally, #7. Identify potential complications of reperfusing a limb 

 

Jan 14, 2020

Alice Liu is a fourth year student at the University of British Columbia.  Sarah Zahabi is a fourth year medical student at McGill University.  

By the end of this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  • describe an approach to common congenital neck masses in children
  • explain how the clinical presentation of common congenital neck masses relates to their embryologic origins
  • outline the treatment of the most common congenital neck masses in children
Oct 9, 2019

In this podcast Gaurang Joshi, a first year surgical resident at the University of Illinois in Chicago Metropolitian Group Hospitals, discusses Pulmonary Embolisms and Deep Vein Thrombosis.

After listening to this podcast you should be able to:

●  Understand why the detection of PE is important

●  Explain the pathophysiology of a PE

●  Describe the clinical signs and presentation of a PE

●  Recognize your Differential Diagnosis when suspecting a PE

●  Know the treatment options

Oct 2, 2019

This week’s episode is brought to you by medical student, Megan Spafford from the University of Saskatchewan, who will be discussing how to approach and acute abdomen.

After listening to this podcast you should be able to:

  1. Define the term "acute abdomen "

  2. Review the clinical presentation and diagnostic approach to patients presenting with

    acute abdominal pain

  3. Discuss critical aspects that may influence the management and timing of management

    of patients with an acute abdomen.

  4. List the differential diagnosis of acute abdominal pain

  5. Develop an appropriate plan for the management of patients with acute abdominal pain

Sep 26, 2019

This weeks episode is brought to us by Jeyanth Inkaran a medical student at McMaster’s medical school. Jeyanth will discuss the neurosurgical wonder of intracranial vascular malformations

 Learning objectives are as follows:

  1. What are the categories of vascular malformations and how do they typically present?
  2. What are the treatment options and potential consequences? How do you choose an ideal treatment?
  3. What imaging tools are useful for diagnosis?
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