About the Pediatric Surgery NaT
Pediatric Surgery NaT
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We are honored and excited to have served as the editors for this latest release of the Not a Textbook or Pediatric Surgery NaT. This release contains additional topics, media, commentary and links to the SCORE platform for trainees. The NaT contains the content to support the pediatric surgery SCORE learning objectives. SCORE subscribers now have access to NaT content. An individual or institutional NaT subscription is still required to access personalized NaT features and download the mobile app.
In response to our most frequently asked question, there are three ways to contribute to the NaT. Firstly and most easily, submit a photo, video, algorithm, pathway, comment or case by simply clicking the feedback link on every page or contacting us at NaT@eapsa.org. These submissions do not require references but are reviewed and edited prior to inclusion in the next release. Secondly, write a learning objective not already included in a released topic. These do require references and specific formatting so contact us prior to writing and submitting your content. (NaT author instructions can be viewed here.) Finally, join an existing or new topic authoring team. Requests for volunteer authors usually go out each spring with outlines due in the summer and final content due late that year. You do not need to be an APSA member to submit content to the NaT. Contributors do earn continuing medical education credit commensurate with the volume of the submission.
The name NaT is curiously provocative and signals an innovation in how the content is developed and delivered to pediatric surgeons in training and practice around the world.
True innovation requires two ingredients. A need and an idea that meets the need.
In the past, pediatric surgeons spent hours recording our expertise and knowledge for chapters in printed books which we gave to publishers who produced a textbook every ten years which was immediately out of date, expensive, cumbersome to access at the point of need and did not take advantage of how adults learn. At the same time the knowledge and techniques needed to effectively practice pediatric surgery have become increasingly complex with over six thousand pediatric surgery manuscripts listed on PubMed for the year 2015. This challenges even the most diligent to adsorb the literature to maintain their life long learning goals. In addition, when we needed to use our content for training and continuing medical education we were extremely limited.
The idea was to create the first educational tool created by the community of pediatric surgeons for pediatric surgeons to use any way we wish. It will be available on on any device, anywhere, anytime. This preliminary release (not edition!) has sixty topics which cover the core of pediatric surgery. The NaT will be updated on a continuing basis with quarterly releases that will include more distal pediatric surgery content until it forms a comprehensive reference. It is meant to be accessible and practical, covering the information and skills needed to practice pediatric surgery by presenting the most current and important evidence. Users interested in a deeper dive can use the NaT to link directly to references and search additional literature. Users can submit and share content with the rest of the community with a few clicks.
Rather than simply presenting information, the NaT is formatted into modules and learning objectives. It was designed to offer high resolution images as well as links to websites and videos of procedures. We expect the NaT to grow into an pediatric surgery educational content management system.
Most importantly, the NaT is ours. Based on your feedback it will evolve. We can change it, develop it, grow it, sell it or give it away to those wishing to help children with surgical problems in resource poor environments. We believe that it will pave the way for others as they realize the opportunity represented by the NaT approach. We also hope that the NaT will open the door to our pediatric surgical community to develop and present content in ways that we cannot begin to imagine.
We wish to thank the APSA presidents Keith Oldham, Tom Krummel, Mike Klein, Mary Fallat and Diana Farmer and the APSA Board of Governors who recognized the need and supported this fledgling idea believing that we could make the idea of the NaT a reality. Most importantly we are grateful for the over four hundred contributing surgeons who make up the NaT community for their time, effort, passion, knowledge and expertise. They are the backbone of what you are interacting with today. You are invited to join this community and we want to hear from you about how we can make your NaT better. Please give us feedback at NaT@easpa.org regarding any aspect of the NaT be it content, presentation or features.
Even if one were to memorize the over five thousand learning objectives in this resource, that person wouldn’t be a pediatric surgeon. The NaT is a tool that must be augmented by the hands on transfer of clinical judgement at the bedside and in the operating room. As such, we wish to dedicate the NaT to mentors everywhere including our mentors - Arnie Coran, Jim O’Neill, Patricia Donahoe, Judson Randolph, Brad Rodgers and David Tapper - who ensured that we were the best pediatric surgeons possible and instilled in us an understanding of the honor that is our’s to operate on children. The NaT is finally dedicated to the young surgeons we mentor who keep us honest and in the game ensuring that the children of the future will be in the very best of pediatric surgical hands.
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Pediatric Surgery NaT is a comprehensive reference for the general surgical care of children. Contains learning objectives, images, videos, and links to MOC CME and the medical literature. Learn more.