Surgery 101 Podcast: Episodes 21-30

Publication ID Published Volume
9001 August 24, 2011 7


This resource is a series of podcasts intended to serve as brief introductions to and reviews of surgical topics for medical students. Each topic is covered in 15-20 minutes so that learners can quickly grasp the basic concepts relating to a common surgical problem. Learning objectives are provided for each topic; episodes are divided into chapters and conclude with several key points to summarize the topic. Topics covered in this module include pyloric stenosis, surgery of the spleen, postoperative complications, heart transplantation, liver transplantation, pancreatic cancer, aortic dissection, coronary artery bypass grafting, pediatric antenatal hydronephrosis and vesicoureteral reflux, and pediatric incontinence and infection. We recommend that episodes be provided to students before a seminar to allow them to quickly get to grips with basic information on a topic. This way, the time in face-to-face teaching can be spent applying knowledge to specific clinical scenarios. Our students also report listening to podcasts during dedicated study time, while reviewing before an examination, while on call, and while travelling or exercising. We have also used the podcasts within a seminar format, with students and presenters listening to the podcast together and discussing the topics raised. Surgery 101 has been produced since October 2008; it was created by Dr. Parveen Boora and Dr. Jonathan White and is currently produced by the Undergrad Surgery Mobile Podcasting Studio Team with the assistance of the members of the Surgery Department at the University of Alberta.


White J, Sharma N, Dicken B, et al. Surgery 101 podcast: episodes 21-30. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2011;7:9001.

Educational Objectives

By using these podcasts, learners will be able to receive a brief introduction to and review of common surgical problems.


  • Pyloric Stenosis, Postoperative Complications, Pancreatic Cancer, Aortic Dissection, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Urinary Tract Infections, Transplantation

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

  • Boora P, White JS. Developing a podcast series to enhance learning in a general surgery clerkship. Poster presented at: Canadian Conference on Medical Education; May 2009; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Boora P, White JS. Practical podcasting for surgeons: from idea to iPod. Workshop presented at: Association for Surgical Education; April 2009; Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Boora P, White JS, Jalali A. Practical podcasting 101: from idea to iPod [CCME abstract W-13]. Med Educ. 2009;43(suppl 1):32-33.
  • Jalali A, Boora P, White JS. Practical podcasting 101: from idea to iPod. Workshop presented at: Canadian Conference on Medical Education; May 2009; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Sharma N, White J, Jalali A. Making your first podcast: it’s easier than it sounds, Workshop presented at: International Conference on Residency Education; September 2010; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • White JS, Sharma N, Boora P. Surgery 101: evaluating the use of podcasting in a general surgery clerkship. Med Teach. 2011;33(11):941-943.

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