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 TECHNICAL REVIEW
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 352--361

Free-access open-source e-learning in comprehensive neurosurgery skills training


1 Department of Neurosurgery; Neurosurgery Education and Training School, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Neurosurgery, Barmherzige Brüder Hospital, Trier, Germany
5 Department of Anatomy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
6 Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
7 Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India

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Ashish Suri
Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: Research projects funded by extramural grants from- 1. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. 2. Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and BMBF, Germany- Indo-German Collaboration 3. Dept. of Health Research (DHR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.141208

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Background: Since the end of last century, technology has taken a front seat in dispersion of medical education. Advancements of technology in neurosurgery and traditional training methods are now being challenged by legal and ethical concerns of patient safety, resident work-hour restriction and cost of operating-room time. To supplement the existing neurosurgery education pattern, various e-learning platforms are introduced as structured, interactive learning system. Materials and Methods: This study focuses on the concept, formulation, development and impact of web based learning platforms dedicated to neurosurgery discipline to disseminate education, supplement surgical knowledge and improve skills of neurosurgeons. 'Neurosurgery Education and Training School (NETS), e-learning platform' has integration of web-based technologies like 'Content Management System' for organizing the education material and 'Learning Management System' for updating neurosurgeons. NETS discussion forum networks neurosurgeons, neuroscientists and neuro-technologists across the globe facilitating collaborative translational research. Results: Multi-authored neurosurgical e-learning material supplements the deficiencies of regular time-bound education. Interactive open-source, global, free-access e-learning platform of NETS has around 1) 425 visitors/month from 73 countries; ratio of new visitors to returning visitors 42.3; 57.7 (2); 64,380 views from 190 subscribers for surgical videos, 3-D animation, graphics based training modules (3); average 402 views per post. Conclusion: The e-Learning platforms provide updated educational content that make them "quick, surf, find and extract" resources. e-Learning tools like web-based education, social interactive platform and question-answer forum will save unnecessary expenditure of time and travel of neurosurgeons seeking knowledge. The need for free access platforms is more pronounced for the neurosurgeons and patients in developing nations.






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