The Resident Review: A Plastic Surgery Educational Podcast
Hannah C. Langdell, MD; Rose T. Tillis, MD, Rachel E. Hein, MD; Nicholas C. Oleck, MD; Whitney O. Lane, MD; Jeffrey R. Marcus, MD
Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Background: There is currently a paucity of online educational material for Plastic Surgery trainees. While other specialties have developed podcasts and websites to aid in test preparation, a similar media platform did not exist within Plastic Surgery. Thus, our aim was to provide a novel avenue for high-quality and accessible Plastic Surgery education through creation of a podcast.
Methods: The Resident Review, the first Plastic Surgery educational podcast, was launched in 2019. Each podcast included an expert in the field of discussion, except for our “Quick Hits” series, which served as a review for our in-service examination. Other series included “Microsurgery Masters,” featuring leaders in microsurgery, “Flap Cast,” which helped residents review flap anatomy and prepare for perforator dissections, and “Back to Basics,” which aimed to prepare medical students for Plastic Surgery rotations.
Results: Our team has created 83 episodes including 46 “Quick Hits,” 2 “Microsurgery Masters,” 6 “Flap Cast,” 6 “Back to Basics,” and 23 traditional episodes. To date, 21% of the episodes pertain to hand surgery, 18% discuss microsurgery topics, 13% cover aesthetic surgery, and the remainder discuss general reconstruction. The total listens since conception is over 43,000 with 12% international listens and a 700% growth in 2021. We have included guest hosts from the Buncke Clinic, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Northwestern University, Emory University, Duke University, and Asan Medical Center in South Korea, among others. In addition, we created the first URM (under-represented minority) scholarship to support medical student sub-internships in Plastic Surgery. Over 10 other institutions have followed suit, with the first class rotating this year.
Conclusion: The Resident Review was created to provide high-quality and equitable educational material for exam preparation, case review, and general Plastic Surgery education. Through institutional partnerships, scientific conference participation, and industry support, we have become a primary source for high-yield and purposeful Plastic Surgery content. Future goals include an increased international reach, production of additional video content, patient education, and creation of a research network to assist with multi-institutional participation.
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