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We are honored and excited to have served as the editors for this latest release of the Pediatric Surgery Library or PedSurgLibrary.com. This release contains an additonal free channel in addition to more topics, media, commentary and links to more ExPERT questions.
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hours recording our expertise and knowledge in printed books that were published every ten years and were immediately out of date, expensive, cumbersome to access at the point of need and did not take advantage of how adults learn.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 seven thousand pediatric surgery manuscripts currently listed on PubMed. This challenges even the most diligent to adsorb the literature to maintain their life long learning goals. The need was for a program that allowed pediatric surgeons easier access to the information desired to take the best possible care of their patients.
The idea was to create the first educational tool created by pediatric surgeons for pediatric surgeons to use any way we wish. It is available on on any device, anywhere, anytime. PedSurglibrary.com is updated on a continuing basis with quarterly releases that includes increasingly more distal pediatric surgery content. It is meant to be evidence-based, accessible, practical and covering the information and skills needed to practice pediatric surgery. Users interested in a deeper dive can use PedSurgLibrary.com to link directly to references and search additional literature and external resources. Users can share content with the rest of the community with just a few clicks. PedSurglibrary.com has grown into an pediatric surgery educational content management system.
There are several parts, or channels, to PedSurgLibrary.com
The Pediatric Surgery Not a Textbook (NaT)
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.
Rather than simply presenting information in a linear fashion, the NaT is formatted into modules and learning objectives with links to related topics. It includes high resolution images and links to websites and videos.This release contains over two hundred topics which essentially cover the practice of pediatric surgery. It is interactive and linked to ExPERT questions that reinforce the learning objectives. The NaT offers single sign on access to content for SCORE subscribers although an individual or institutional NaT subscription is still required to access personalized NaT features and download the mobile app.
Exam-based Pediatric surgery Educational Reference Tool (ExPERT)
ExPERT offers multiple choice questions based on defined NaT learning objectives. After answering a question, a discussion pertaining to the learning objective is revealed. References are included. Questions answered incorrectly may be taken again to receive credit. Courses can be topic-based, customized or generated randomly. The ExPERT program is fully accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education credit suitable for continuous certification through the American Board of Surgery. ExPERT subscriptions also include participation in the Spaced Learning program whereby two questions are emailed to your inbox every Sunday. These questions are specifically chosen to address known practice gaps.
Both the NaT and ExPERT require a subscription to access. Some information is just too important to be kept behind a subscription so we developed PedSurg Resource as an open access site. No subscription is required. Contained in PedSurg Resource are abbreviated handbooks developed by APSA committees, content designed for general surgery residents and students as well as quality improvement projects designed to help incorporate best practices into the care of your patients.
In response to our most frequently asked question, there are three ways to contribute to PedSurgLibrary.com. 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, you may join an existing or new topic authoring maintenance team. You do not need to be an APSA member to submit content to PedSurgLibrary.com.
Most importantly, PedSurgLibrary.com is ours. Based on your feedback it will evolve. We will change, develop and grow it to best meet the needs of the community that is pediatric surgery. We hope that PedSurgLibrary.com will open the door to develop and present content in ways that we cannot begin to imagine.
If you cannot afford to subscribe to PedSurgLibrary.com, please contact us at NaT@eapsa.org. Deep discounts, including free subscriptions, are available to surgeons who practice in resource challenged environments.
We wish to thank the APSA presidents Keith Oldham, Tom Krummel, Mike Klein, Mary Fallat, 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 PedSurgLibrary.com a reality. Most importantly we are grateful for the over five 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 PedSurgLibrary.com better. Please give us feedback at NaT@easpa.org regarding any aspect of PedSurgLibrary.com be it content, presentation or features.
Even if one were to memorize the over ten thousand learning objectives in this site, that person wouldn’t be a pediatric surgeon. PedSurgLibrary.com is a tool that must be augmented by the hands on transfer of clinical judgment at the bedside and in the operating room. As such, we wish to dedicate PedSurgLibrary.com to mentors everywhere including our own - Arnie Coran, Jim O’Neill, Patricia Donahoe, Judson Randolph, Brad Rodgers and David Tapper - who ensured that we were the best pediatric surgeons possible. They instilled in us an understanding of the honor that is our’s to operate on children. PedSurgLibrary.com 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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