Surgical Preparation by Urology Trainees in 2021: The Interplay of Video and Print Resources

Joshua M. Eccles, Nathan R. Michalak, Jay D. Raman, Susan M. Macdonald

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Introduction:We investigate urology trainee preparation for surgical procedures by querying type and degree of video sources used and combination with traditional print materials for preparation of surgical procedures.Methods:An Institutional Review Board-Approved 13-question REDCap® survey was distributed to 145 American College of Graduate Medical Education-Accredited urology residency programs. Social media were also used to recruit participants. Results were collected anonymously and analyzed using Excel®.Results:A total of 108 residents completed the survey. The majority (87%) reported using videos for surgical preparation including, YouTube (93%), American Urological Association (AUA) Core Curriculum videos (84%) and institutional or attending-specific videos (46%). Video selection was based on quality (81%), length (58%) and the site of video creation (37%). Video preparation was reported predominantly for minimally invasive surgery (95%), subspecialty procedures (81%) and open procedures (75%). The most common print sources reported include Hinman's Atlas of Urologic Surgery (90%), Campbell-Walsh-Wein Urology (75%) and the AUA Core Curriculum (70%). When asked to rank their overall top 3 sources, 25% of residents reported YouTube as their primary source and 58% included it in their top 3. Only 24% of residents reported being aware of the AUA YouTube channel, while 77% were aware of the video section of the AUA Core Curriculum.Conclusions:Urology residents use video resources to prepare for surgical cases, with a heavy reliance on YouTube. AUA-curated video sources should be highlighted in the resident curriculum as the quality and educational content of YouTube videos are variable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-518
Number of pages7
JournalUrology Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urology

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