95% OF LEARNERS USE SURGICAL VIDEO FOR PROCEDURE PREPARATION

Surgical video plays an important part in the procedural preparation strategies of trainees, with learners often referring to surgical videos available on Youtube. Recording and sharing video will allow maximal access to learners preparing for surgery.

YouTube is the Most Frequently Used Educational Video Source for Surgical Preparation


According to a recent study published in the Journal of Surgical Education by Allison K Rapp et al, 95% of learners and 83% of faculty report using video as a tool for surgical preparation. Youtube is reported as the preferred source amongst learners, whilst faculty also report referring to video hosted on society web platforms and commercial libraries. 82% of learners report that the benefits of teaching videos are “extremely important" or “very important” with video formats providing an opportunity to reinforce and complement current surgical teaching.

Open surgical procedures recorded from the operators point of view are an invaluable surgical teaching and standardization tool and recording, updating, and ease of access of surgical videos should be promoted.


AK Rapp, MG Healy, ME Charlton, JN Keith, ME Rosenbaum, MR Kapadia. YouTube is the most frequently used educational video source for surgical preparation. J Surg Educ 2016. 73:1072-1076

Chauvet P, et al. What Is a Good Teaching Video? Results of an Online International Survey. Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (2020) 27, 738−747.


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