Using a video conference to teach clinical clerks in a one-week cardiothoracic clerkship

Gilad E. Amiel*, Robert Cohen, Ronny Amar, Israel Sarafov, Tamah Safadi, Milton Saute, Eyal Porat, Ram Sharony, Gil Bolotin, Mark Tann, Gideon Uretzky

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BACKGROUND: Students report that their operating room experience during specialty clerkships has been less than satisfactory. To deal with this and other problems in a 1-week cardiothoracic clerkship, a video conference system was introduced. METHODS: Three teaching strategies were used: a seminar dealing with the disease process and a description of the operative procedure; bedside pre-operative assessment of the patient, with a tutor; and a live video conference of the operation. The tutor observed the live video presentation with the students, initiating interaction with the operating surgeon and facilitating questions and discussion. Video quality was maintained by one camera connected to the headlight of the surgeon and another placed above the operative field. RESULTS: Both students and staff expressed a high degree of satisfaction in debriefing sessions and on a standard faculty evaluation form. CONCLUSIONS: This innovation in surgery specialty teaching contributes to the acquisition of educational objectives in the operating room and in a cardiothoracic clerkship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-332
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1997
Externally publishedYes


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