Online Media Often Used to Learn New Surgical Techniques

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Online Media Often Used to Learn New Surgical Techniques
Online Media Often Used to Learn New Surgical Techniques

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) members use online streaming media to learn new techniques, according to a research letter published online March 3 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Robert S. Schmidt, M.D., a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in private practice in College Station, Texas, and colleagues conducted an online survey among all 2,700 members of the AAFPRS. Respondents were queried about their sources for learning new skills, their experience with online streaming media, and their interest in an online video library for facial plastic surgery.

Overall 8.0 percent of the AAFPRS membership responded. The researchers found that 64.1 percent of respondents reported having used online media at least once to learn a new technique, especially in the fields of rhinoplasty and injectable procedures; 83.1 percent reported applying these techniques in practice. Most respondents (89.9 percent) indicated that they would probably use an online video library, with 60.0 percent expressing readiness to pay for the service. Respondents who were not fellowship-trained were more likely to use AAFPRS videos to learn new techniques and to pay for the service (both P = 0.03). There was an inverse correlation between length of experience and prior usage of online streaming media (P < 0.001).

"Almost all respondents, regardless of fellowship or practice experience, expressed interest in an online library of surgical technique videos," the authors write.

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