Cataract surgery live streaming could assist medical students

Videos easily editable and received a high level of satisfaction

Colin Kerr

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2021

Dr Murad Khan
Live streaming of cataract surgery could help deliver safe enhanced experiential learning to undergraduate ophthalmology teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Free Paper that will be presented at the 35th ESCRS Winter Meeting Virtual 2021.
Dr Murad Khan, a Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL and Basildon University Hospital, UK, has pointed out that the global COVID-19 pandemic has caused considerable disruption to teaching on both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. “Opportunities to observe operations were typically scarce prior to the pandemic, and given social distancing rules and concerns over transmission of the coronavirus these chances have been reduced further. Experiential learning can help medical students solidify experiences and engage in reflective practice,” he said.
Dr Khan and his research team reported what they described as a novel, inexpensive method of live-streaming cataract surgery to enable medical students to engage in experiential learning during the pandemic.
For their research, they used a consumer level laptop, an inexpensive video capture cable and free video conferencing software. The video signal from the operating microscope was relayed to the laptop, where the screen was then live-streamed 13 miles away to medical students in the University Hospital. Recording of the operation to the cloud was also done simultaneously.
“We found our method to be simpler and cheaper than those previously reported in the literature,” said Dr Khan. “We did not require any additional expensive equipment to record the videos or convert the video output. The videos were easily editable after the event for later educational purposes and received a high level of satisfaction,” he said.
Dr Khan concluded that with the advent of 5G, HD and 4K, live-streaming resolution is now possible given the strengthening of the digital infrastructure during the global pandemic. “This technique would be of interest to ophthalmologists who wish to deliver safe enhanced experiential learning to undergraduate ophthalmology teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

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