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Impact of Covid-19 on Surgical Education – Webinar

6th, May 2020 @ 4:00 pm

Prospective students interested in applying for the MSc Surgical programmes and surgeons in training are invited to attend.

About This Event

How will the landscape for digital health and medical education look post-COVID-19?

Digital health is disrupting healthcare and education, as a college or a training provider working on digital education, how can you engage in this world for providing technical & non-technical skills training remotely.

In October 2005 Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London launched the world’s first course in acquiring surgical skills by virtual reality simulation to “Globalise & Fast-Track Surgical Training”

During this conversation with Prof Bijendra Patel, we will cover digital education and innovation as a tool to:

  • Technology enhanced learning for democratisation of surgical education
  • Improve both technical skills and decision making in surgery remotely
  • Expand access to surgical skills training by simulation globally
  • Increase peer to peer self-directed learning
  • Increase student engagement by using immersive platforms for higher knowledge retention and thus improve efficacy and shorten your learning curve
  • Address access to education and higher education deficit in surgery
  • Prevent the surgical education system collapse during current and future crises

Survey: Surgical training during COVID

The COVID-19 outbreak had a significant impact on surgical training. This survey aims to quantify this and help find ways to overcome this. Thank you for taking the time to complete this.

Ask a question now to have it answered during the panel discussion.

Webinar Agenda (please note, all times are is BST):

  1. 16:00 Introduction: Impact of Covid-19 on Surgical Education - A New Approach for Changing Times - Speaker Prof Bijendra Patel
  2. 16:20 Cholecystectomy Master Class
    1. Undergraduate & Residents - Speaker TBC
      1. Applied Anatomy & Pathology
      2. Management of Gall stone disease – Current guidelines
    2. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Video Presentation - Speaker Prof Bijendra Patel
      1. Standard case – how to do it
      2. Complex case – how not to do it
  3. Panel Discussion. Prof Bijendra Patel & Prof Shafi Ahmed 
  4. 17:00 Interactive - "Hands on Laparoscopic Skills Training On-line" – First Laparoscopic Surgery Master Class. (See details below on preparation before the webinar if you want to take part) Demonstrator Prof Bijendra Patel
      1. Laparoscopic Extracorporeal Knot Tying & Suturing.
        1. Webinar 6th May Making Endoloop for tying appendix base in Appendicectomy
        2. Webinar 3th June Extracorporeal Tying of a tubular structure eg: Cystic Duct or Cystic Artery
        3. Webinar 1st July Extracorporeal Suturing eg: for use in fundoplication or bowel anastomosis.

Participant Instruction for Online Laparoscopic Skills Training

  1. Watch the video and animation on our YouTube channel to familiarise
  2. Practice using a 1 meter long string or a rope​ around an assistant's finger or around any fixed object such as leg of a table or chair.
  3. For making endoloop using 75cm length of string only (Vicryl 2.0 suture material can be used  - cut the needle off)

To join the webinar

Please click this Zoom link to join the webinar

Password: 307827

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Prof Bijendra Patel MBBS, MS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Gen. Surg), Hon.PhD. FAIS

Prof Bijendra Patel is a surgeon and a world leader in integrating technology-enhanced learning for medical education. In October 2005, he pioneered this concept by creating the world’s first Master’s course in acquiring surgical skills by virtual reality simulation (MSc Surgical Skills and Sciences) at the Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London to “Globalise And Fast-Track Surgical Training”

He has also pioneered the concept of “Hands-on Laparoscopic Surgical Training On-line" for globalisation of surgical education by launching world’s first immersive distance learning Master’s course in 2018 based on competency-based training model and surgical simulation using multimedia platform including VR, eLearning, Mobile phone and Portable box trainer.

He is also founder president of the Society of Surgical Simulation and also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Surgical Simulation, the first academic journal dedicated to publishing research in the fields of surgical simulation.


6th, May 2020
4:00 pm
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