The Future of Surgical Training: Advances in Surgery (AIS) Channel
As a craft specialty, surgery has always been taught through direct, hands-on exposure under the supervision of experts. However, in the UK, working time limitations and increasing service demands have reduced the number of hours of operative experience gained at the point of completion of training. As the surgical training model has evolved, so has its mode of delivery. Surgical trainees must now find new and innovative means to gain mentorship, procedural exposure and gain technical skills, supported by novel technologies.
The Advances in Surgery (AIS) Channel offers free, global access to a cutting-edge surgical learning environment. Their online library spans both basic surgical procedures and highly specialised operations performed and narrated by highly skilled surgeons from across the world. Content including online courses, open classrooms, live surgeries, and congresses sections are available for trainees of all levels, right up to consultancy and beyond. Mentorship and learning are facilitated with an in-line communication system, which allows surgical trainees to post questions and respond to comments to training materials. As Virtual Reality technology moves forwards so does the depth and fidelity of engagement that is possible. AiS are currently developing multicam and virtual reality-based training modules, including embedding augmented reality into video gaming platforms. This will allow trainees to simulate patient specific modules, locating and protecting key structures and practicing key components of the procedure.
“Virtual reality combined with 3D virtual patient-specific models will help in planning and simulating procedures in advance, locating essential structures such as ureters, vessels and neural bundles, which are key landmarks subjected to injury during taTME." 1
Wherever you are around the world, and whatever your training grade, AiS Channel can provide a novel and exciting adjunct to your surgical development. Keep up to date and browse the learning platform at: https://aischannel.com/
ASiT are piloting a partnership with AiS Channel in 2018.
This is your chance to be part of the worlds’ largest and most advanced surgical technology platform and to make your mark on surgical training by having your videos and content published to over 50,000 active online users in over 100 countries. ASiT want to create content for surgical trainees across the world to help develop training links internationally, with the potential for content validation by international surgical associations and certification of completion of online modules for users.
Most UK hospitals now facilitate recording and storage of laparoscopic cases. After attaining patient consent, permissions from your hospital, we will to connect you with AiS Channel using a secure means of transfer to share your anonymized content. It will be adapted and developed by the expert AiS Team to create a high-quality and interactive learning tool, with you cited as the lead author!
Other accepted types of content include:
Educational video on a surgical topic
Research video describing a published paper, including collaborative research
Want to be a part of the ASiT/AIS Pilot Partnership? Complete the registration of interest survey at: http://bit.ly/asit_ais
 Martin-Perez B, Bennis H, Lacy AM. Virtual reality simulation for surgery: from video games to transanal total mesorectal excision. Tech Coloproctol. 2018 Jan;22(1):5-6. doi: 10.1007/s10151-017-1738-1. Epub 2017 Dec 18. PubMed PMID: 29256138.