Remote mentoring during COVID-19: the virtual hernia course that made pigs fly

The training of surgeons has ground to a halt in many parts of the world as operating rooms normally reserved for education have been reassigned for COVID-19 patients and critical surgeries. Other educational venues, such as national meetings and courses, have been cancelled or transitioned to virtual platforms. To negotiate the lack of access to both operating rooms and travel, a pioneering new educational programme from The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), that harnessed the power of Proximie, enabled anatomically realistic porcine tissue models to be shipped directly to the homes of surgeons, where they could continue their procedural education at home.

“Even though the proctor wasn’t physically by my side, it still felt like they were sitting next to me, like a co-pilot advising me on where to go next,” said Dr Gomez.



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