MEDICAL EDUCATION: Site Offers Residents New Study Tool
Two Kern Medical Center surgery residents have launched SurgeryNet.com, a Web site designed to "simplify the documentation, lecture, and study portions of a resident's day," the Bakersfield Californian reports. Drs. Darshan Shah and Vipul Dev created the site to supplement residency training programs. Rather than pouring over medical textbooks, residents at Kern, UC San Diego, Stanford University School of Medicine and other programs can log onto the site to get lessons on specific surgeries, including videos and copies of lectures from experts in each area. Dev said, "There is information that every surgeon needs to know. We're making all that uniformly available." The site also can track the number of surgeries each resident performs, as well as specific graduation requirements. Dr. Ray Chung, director of the surgical residency program at Kern, said: "I believe that all the surgical residents in the country are going to buy into it. It's going to make teaching a much easier task. This can standardize the information that the residents are going to get." Dev and Shah plan to raise $5 million for SurgeryNet.com through an initial stock offering. They hope to expand the site to include internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, emergency medicine and obstetrics/gynecology. While access to the site is free for residents, the surgeons hope someday to charge residency programs for the service (Terwilleger, 6/6).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.