Neurosurgical digital teaching in low-middle income countries: beyond the frontiers of traditional education.

Author:Nicolosi F, Rossini Z, Zaed I, Kolias AG, Fornari M, Servadei F
Published on:Neurosurg Focus. 2018 Oct;45(4):E17

Presentation

La formazione neurochirurgica si basa su fonti di istruzione tradizionali, come documenti, libri, esperienza chirurgica diretta e corsi su cadavere. Nei paesi a basso-medio reddito, i programmi di istruzione standard sono spesso non disponibili, principalmente a causa della mancanza di risorse umane ed economiche. L'introduzione di piattaforme digitali in questi contesti potrebbe essere una soluzione alternativa per colmare il divario tra paesi occidentali e paesi poveri nella conoscenza neurochirurgica. Gli autori hanno identificato da Internet le principali piattaforme digitali che potrebbero essere facilmente adottate nei paesi a basso-medio reddito. Hanno selezionato contenuti mobili gratuiti / a basso costo ad alto impatto educativo

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Neurosurgical training is usually based on traditional sources of education, such as papers, books, direct surgical experience, and cadaveric hands-on courses. In low-middle income countries, standard education programs are often unavailable, mainly owing to the lack of human and economic resources. Introducing digital platforms in these settings could be an alternative solution for bridging the gap between Western and poor countries in neurosurgical knowledge.

METHODS:

The authors identified from the Internet the main digital platforms that could easily be adopted in low-middle income countries. They selected free/low-cost mobile content with high educational impact.

RESULTS:

The platforms that were identified as fulfilling the characteristics described above are WFNS Young Neurosurgeons Forum Stream, Brainbook, NeuroMind, UpSurgeOn, The Neurosurgical Atlas, Touch surgery, The 100 UCLA Subjects in Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Survival Guide, EANS (European Association of Neurosurgical Societies) Academy, Neurosurgical.TV, 3D Neuroanatomy, The Rhoton Collection, and Hinari. These platforms consist of webinars, 3D interactive neuroanatomy and neurosurgery content, videos, and e-learning programs supported by neurosurgical associations or journals.

CONCLUSIONS:

Digital education is an emerging tool for contributing to the spread of information in the neurosurgical community. The continuous improvement in the quality of content will rapidly increase the scientific validity of digital programs. In conclusion, the fast and easy access to digital resources could contribute to promote neurosurgical education in countries with limited facilities.

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