Surgical Grand Rounds: Social Media in Surgical Education (January 16, 2020)

Presented by Andrew Morris, MD, Chief Resident

Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine


Further readings and resources referenced in Dr. Morris’ presentation:

Appropriate/Responsible Social Media Interactions

ACS (2019). Statement on Guidelines for the Ethical Use of Social Media by Surgeons. Bull Am Coll Surg. May 1, 2019. 

Landman MP, Shelton J, Kauffmann RM, Dattilo JB. Guidelines for maintaining a professional compass in the era of social networking. J Surg Educ. 2010 Nov-Dec;67(6):381-6.

ASCRS Guidelines:

  • Treat all online communication as public
  • Patient privacy is paramount.
  • Respect intellectual property rights at all times.
  • Remember that physicians retain their identity as medical professionals on Social Media.
  • Consider the effect of posts on physician-patient relationships.
  • Follow the rules.
  • Do not exceed authority.
  • Be transparent.
  • Exercise common sense.
  • Recognize that deleting a post from Social Media does not necessarily erase it, even if it is no longer visible on the screen.


Integration of Social Media into Medical/Surgical Education

Ghanem O, Logghe HJ, Tran BV, et al. Closed Facebook™ groups and CME credit: a new format for continuing medical education. Surg Endosc. 2019 Feb;33(2):587-591. Full-text for Emory users.

Luc JGY, Stamp NL, Antonoff MB. Social media in the mentorship and networking 
of physicians: Important role for women in surgical specialties. Am J Surg. 2018
Apr;215(4):752-760. Full-text for Emory users.

Pellino G, Simillis C, Qiu S, et al. Social media and colorectal cancer: A systematic review of available resources. PLoS One. 2017 Aug 23;12(8):e0183031.

Saenger AK, Berkwits M, Carley S, et al. The Power of Social Media in Medicine and Medical Education: Opportunities, Risks, and Rewards.Clin Chem. 2018 Sep;64(9):1284-1290.

Steele SR, Arshad S, Bush R, et al. Social media is a necessary component of surgery practice. Surgery. 2015 Sep;158(3):857-62. Full-text for Emory users.

Sterling M, et al. The Use of Social Media in Graduate Medical Education: A Systematic Review.Acad Med. 2017 Jul;92(7):1043-1056.


Where to find Social Media content? 

  • Twitter
  • Open Forums
    • American College of Surgeons
    • ASCRS
  • Podcasts

Walkinshaw E. Medical podcasts going viral. CMAJ. 2011 Oct 4;183(14):1577-8.

Brunaud L. Will watching videos make us better surgeons?J Visc Surg. 2013
Nov;150(5):295-6.

Celentano V, et al. LAP-VEGaS Practice Guidelines for Reporting of Educational Videos in Laparoscopic Surgery: A Joint Trainers and Trainees Consensus Statement. Ann Surg. 2018 Dec;268(6):920-926.

Crawshaw BP, et al. Failing to Prepare Is Preparing to Fail: A Single-Blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial to Determine the Impact of a Preoperative Instructional Video on the Ability of Residents to Perform Laparoscopic Right Colectomy. Dis Colon Rectum. 2016 Jan;59(1):28-34.

de’Angelis N, et al. Educational value of surgical videos on YouTube: quality assessment of laparoscopic appendectomy videos by senior surgeons vs. novice trainees.World J Emerg Surg. 2019 May 9;14:22.

    • Video providers:
      • SAGES
      • GIB-LIB
      • Colorectal Disease
      • Attending Faculty Pages
        • Solimon/Popowich
      • Society Sites
      • Cine-Med (ACS)
      • WebSurg
      • Omni-Guide
      • Master Surgery
  • Facebook (Closed Groups)
    • IHC – 8,800 Members
    • Robotic Surgery Collaborative – 8,200 Members
    • ASCRS – 520 Members
    • SAGES Colorectal Masters Program – 2,500 Members
    • ACS – 36,000 Followers
  • Web and Mobile-based Applications

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