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Virtual surgical education for core surgical trainees in the Yorkshire deanery during the COVID-19 pandemic

Laloo, Ryan; Giorga, Andrea; Williams, Andrew; Biyani, Chandra Shekhar; Yiasemidou, Marina


Ryan Laloo

Andrea Giorga

Andrew Williams

Chandra Shekhar Biyani

Marina Yiasemidou


Background and Aims
An online teaching programme for Core Surgical Trainees (CSTs) was designed and delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this study is to assess the feasibility and the reception of a fully online teaching programme.

Twenty teaching sessions were delivered either via Zoom™ or were pre-recorded and uploaded onto a Google Classroom™ and YouTube™ website. Online feedback, delivered via Google Forms™, were completed by CSTs following each teaching session. YouTube Studio™ analytics were used to understand patterns in viewing content.

89.9% of trainees were satisfied with the teaching series. Trainees preferred short, weekly sessions (79%), delivered by senior surgeons, in the form of both didactical and interactive teaching. YouTube analytics revealed that the highest peak in views was documented on the weekend before the deadline for evidence upload on the Intercollegiate Surgical Collegiate Programme (ISCP) portfolio.

An entirely online teaching programme is feasible and well-received by CSTs. Trainees preferred live, interactive, procedure-based, consultant-led sessions lasting approximately thirty minutes to one hour and covering a myriad of surgical specialties. This feedback can be used to improve future online surgical teaching regionally and nationally in order to gain training opportunities lost during the pandemic.


Laloo, R., Giorga, A., Williams, A., Biyani, C. S., & Yiasemidou, M. (2020). Virtual surgical education for core surgical trainees in the Yorkshire deanery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Scottish Medical Journal, 65(4), 138-143.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 11, 2020
Online Publication Date Sep 2, 2020
Publication Date 2020-11
Deposit Date Feb 21, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2021
Journal Scottish Medical Journal
Print ISSN 0036-9330
Electronic ISSN 2045-6441
Publisher Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 65
Issue 4
Pages 138-143
Keywords COVID-19; Surgical education; Surgical training
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