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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 397-398

Neurosurgery videos on online video sharing sites

Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Date of Web Publication13-May-2019

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shekar N Kurpad
Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.258022

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Kaushal M, Shabani S, Kurpad SN. Neurosurgery videos on online video sharing sites. Neurol India 2019;67:397-8

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Kaushal M, Shabani S, Kurpad SN. Neurosurgery videos on online video sharing sites. Neurol India [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jul 2];67:397-8. Available from:

The ever-expanding footprint of technology in every facet of healthcare is fuelling evolution of traditional teaching by encouraging the use of a range of interfaces for knowledge dissemination. The acceptance and adoption of non-traditional platforms in teaching is further being augmented by the newer crop of healthcare personnel, who have been influenced by early and prolonged exposure to digital devices. The resulting familiarity with technology and its subsequent reliance is translating into expectations for quick, wireless transmission of information, which can be easily accessed anywhere and at all times.

Videos on operative techniques are one such multimedia resource witnessing growing interest among different surgical specialties. Their portable nature is amplified by online video-sharing platforms, which remove the restrictive effect of location on learning and promote standardization of surgical education. By leveraging the near ubiquitous reach of internet, these platforms have the potential to transform the traditional, individualized scope of surgical training into an ongoing global collective effort that can level the playing field for medical professionals across geographical regions with wide disparities in healthcare infrastructure.[1],[2]

As minimally invasive procedures become more commonplace, neurological surgery is one such specialty where surgical videos have the potential for providing significant value addition. Recognizing this need, efforts are underway to establish video banks, such as “Hernesniemi's 1001 and more micro-neurosurgical videos”, an open access collection of over 1000 high-definition videos of micro-neurosurgical operations that is the brainchild of Dr. Juha Hernesniemi.[3] Similarly, “The Neurosurgical Atlas” is a not-for-profit entity founded by Dr. Cohen-Gadol in 2016 containing surgeon-edited videos organized by neurosurgical topics, which has established a partnership with the Journal of Neurosurgery to promote linkage between the journal's articles and relevant videos in the atlas.[4] “Video Atlas of Neurosurgery: Contemporary Tumor and Skull Base Surgery” published by Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa is another such example. Finally, Neurology India is spearheading a project for the creation of an online, peer-reviewed video library, which can be accessed through the journal's website. Taken together, these online repositories point to a growing willingness within the neurosurgical community for dedicated efforts aimed at providing superior quality video content to benefit neurosurgeons globally.

Despite the potential benefits of using surgical videos as an educational tool to supplement traditional teaching, there is limited literature characterizing the perceptions of medical professionals on the utility of videos platforms as tools for neurosurgical education. The present study attempts to address this gap by surveying a cohort of neurosurgical trainees and consultants on the importance of online video-sharing websites. The results of this study by Kumar et al., echo some of the findings drawn from medical professionals of other surgical specialties, which hint at an emerging consensus on a role for surgical videos in improving surgical skills.[5] Further, the study highlights aspects of online-video sharing infrastructure that need refinement as we move forward. However, it should be noted that the findings are derived from the responses of a cohort of healthcare providers belonging to a particular geographic region (India), which makes it difficult to make any generalization(s) based on this survey results. In conclusion, the purpose of present endeavour has been to inform the neurosurgical community of the perceptions surrounding online repositories of surgical videos while also providing directions for future research, an effort for which the authors are congratulated.

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Rapp AK, Healy MG, Charlton ME, Keith JN, Rosenbaum ME, Kapadia MR. YouTube is the most frequently used educational video source for surgical preparation. J Surg Educ 2016; 73:1072-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
Choque-Velasquez J, Kozyrev DA, Colasanti R, Thiarawat P, Intarakhao P, Jahromi BR, et al. The open access video collection project “Hernesniemi's 1001 and more microsurgical videos of neurosurgery”: A legacy for educational purposes. Surg Neurol Int 2017; 8:188.  Back to cited text no. 3
Davidson B, Alotaibi NM, Hendricks BK, Cohen-Gadol AA. Popularity of online multimedia educational resources in neurosurgery: Insights from the neurosurgical atlas project. J Surg Educ 2018; 75:1615-23.  Back to cited text no. 4
Kumar P, Bhadran B, Harrison G. Neurosurgery videos on online video sharing sites: The next best teacher? Neurol India 2019;67:505-9.  Back to cited text no. 5
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