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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 143
 

Live operative workshops: Should we do away with them?


Department of Paediatric Surgery, Ankur Hospital for Children, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication6-Jul-2012

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Dinesh H Kittur
Department of Paediatric Surgery, Ankur Hospital for Children, 1666 E, 10th Lane, Rajarampuri, Kolhapur - 416 001, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9261.98141

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Kittur DH. Live operative workshops: Should we do away with them?. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2012;17:143

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Sir,

In my opinion, we should do away with live operative workshops for the following reasons.

  1. The operating surgeons are most comfortable while working with their regular team and in their own set up.
  2. In this era of teleconferencing, any operation with its minute details can be demonstrated on a well edited video. A side by side dialogue with the operating surgeon would be fruitful.
  3. A proper permission is hardly ever obtained from the Medical Council of India or the State medical Council, especially if the operating surgeon faculty is from abroad. Our patients should not be treated as guinea pigs.
  4. The patients and their relatives are very uncomfortable when transferred to a different place just for the workshop. Illiterate and poor patients may be inducted by telling them that an expert would be operating on them.
  5. In the case of any morbidity and mortality, who shoulders the responsibility? This is never specified, and informed to those concerned. In addition we should be aware of the legal consequences.
  6. The results of the surgical procedure demonstrated are neither informed to the delegates nor published in the newsletter.
  7. These workshops are not regulated, supervised by authorities of the association.
  8. Organizing a live operative workshop involves a lot of expenditure. Also, a lot of time is wasted in the routine steps of the operation.
  9. A video workshop should be organized by an entire department or a regional chapter of IAPS.
Through your columns, I request all those who plan to organize a live operative workshop in future to seriously consider the above and change over to a video workshop instead.



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