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J.Jpn. Surg. Soc.. 125(1): 43-48, 2024

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Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan

Noriyuki Inaki

Traditionally, surgical techniques were passed down between physicians and students by “watching and memorizing” them, but the spread of video technology has made it possible for more physicians and students to learn the same techniques. Video-sharing sites specializing in surgery, such as WebSurg, have emerged, providing high-quality content targeted at surgeons, allowing them to effectively view specialized content and surgical videos. In recent years, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies have begun to be introduced into medical education, and real-time simulation learning combined with videos has become possible.
Web-conferencing systems, which have become popular during the COVID-19 pandemic, have the ability to share surgical videos interactively, making it easier to exchange opinions and ask questions among surgeons. Patients scheduled for surgery can refer to surgical videos as materials to help them understand surgical procedures and other information as patient education.
There are challenges and concerns such as inconsistent quality, spread of misinformation, privacy, copyright, access restrictions, technical barriers, need for updates, and lack of ratings and feedback. By pursuing quality assurance, auditing, and the introduction of interactive learning tools, surgical video sites will further improve the quality of medical education and become a valuable resource for many surgeons.

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