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Research Letter
May/Jun 2016

Use of Streaming Media (YouTube) as an Educational Tool for Surgeons—A Survey of AAFPRS Members

Author Affiliations
  • 1Private practice, College Station, Texas
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 3Emory Aesthetics Center, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18(3):230-231. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.0007

Staying current with a rapidly evolving pool of knowledge and surgical techniques is a challenge for all practicing surgeons. Traditionally, resources such as medical journals and meetings have helped surgeons keep abreast of new findings, but these remain a poor substitute for hands-on training. With the advent of online streaming media, surgeons have a new resource for acquiring techniques that is more interactive than book-reading and more accessible than training with an expert. Herein, we seek to determine the extent to which the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) membership uses online streaming media and their opinions on this novel tool for continuing postgraduate education.

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