A Synthesis of Digital Resources for Surgery

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  • 4 stars

    This free resource is a YouTube playlist with surgical skills videos. The techniques would be very useful for medical students begining their surgical clerkship, for example proper scrub procedures, gowning procedures, and basic suturing principles. Although it is not a full course, we still recommend these videos as they adequatly teach such skills and could greatly reduce faculty time.

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  • 5 stars

    This resource gets 5 stars although it is not a full course. It provides excellent lectures of the clinical topics in surgery. The videos are clear, concise, and understandable lectures on all the major clinical topics covered in a medical school surgical rotation. This combined with videos of the actual surgery and some evaluation tools and case studies could replace a full course.

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  • 4 stars

    Although this is not a full course, the questions and answers incorporated into each case study are so excellent we gave this resource 4 stars.

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  • 4 stars

    This free resource provides excellent videos on both the actual surgery and all the pre-surgery procedures, The actual surgery videos, unfortunately, are specific to modern surgical techniques. However, All the videos leading up to the imaging and actual surgical procedures are very applicable to a low resource setting. Which is why we still give this resource 4 out of 5 stars.

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  • 1 star

    This resource has the origanizational materials for a faculty member who is running a clerkship. It does not teach or evaluate students and most of the material can be found in a textbook.

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  • 2 stars

    While this is an exhaustive compilation of high quality surgical videos, they are not applicable to a low resource setting since they all require advanced equipment. You also, can not advance the video or rewind.

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  • 3 stars

    This free resource provides an online surgical skills curriculum and is very useful for setting up a sim center and for demonstrating and evaluating students on the basic skills a student needs to know in a surgical clerkship. However it contains no clinical scenarios nor does it have any operative videos.

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  • 1 star

    Because these are not edited or moderated, it is not recommended, the appropriateness for medical students can not be guaranteed.

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  • 1 star

    This resource is a YouTube channel with case reports and surgery videos. The topics are too advanced for medical students and also not appropriate for low resource settings.

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