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Surgical training 2.0: How contemporary developments in information technology can augment surgical training.

BACKGROUND:
The current surgical trainee is faced with reduced training time compared to predecessors as a result of changes in working practices. The past decade has seen marked developments in the information technology sector. This editorial will review how modern technological innovations could augment current surgical training.
METHODS:
We review the literature and summarize important developments in information technology that could assist the modern surgical trainee. We also look at some of the challenges faced by use of this technology.
FINDINGS:
Developments in mobile internet connectivity will improve access to online resources for the surgical trainee. Web 2.0 will revolutionise the way trainees interact with textbooks, journals, webpages and each other. Simulators could help to fill gaps created by reduced operating hours. To maximize the effectiveness of these resources they need to be accessible and incorporated into training in a structured way, ensuring patient safety and accuracy of information.
CONCLUSION:
Contemporary developments in technology offer benefits to the surgical trainee and could fill gaps left by reduced operating times. In order to ensure efficient use of technology and patient safety, bodies such as the Royal Colleges and Training Programmes must embrace these developments.

via Surgical training 2.0: How contemporary developments… [Surgeon. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI.

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Brian S McGowan, PhD

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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