As part of this study, researchers surveyed urology residents and fellows about the kinds of videos they saw and how often, as well as whether or not they supplemented their reading of standard print materials with viewings of surgical simulations. Using REDCap®, a 13-question survey was sent to all 145 urology residency programs in the United States that are recognized by the American College of Graduate Medical Education. Participant recruitment efforts also made use of social media. The information was obtained confidentially and analyzed in Excel®. The survey was filled out by 108 locals. YouTube (cited by 93%), films from the American Urological Association’s (AUA) Core Curriculum (84%), and videos created by individual hospitals or individual surgeons (46%). The quality (81%), length (58%), and origin (37%) of the submitted videos were taken into consideration when making the final cut. The vast majority of minimally invasive surgeries (95%), specialized surgeries (81%), and open surgeries (75%), respectively, were found to have benefited from video preparation. The AUA Core Curriculum (70%), Campbell-Walsh-Wein Urology (75%), and Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery (90%). About 25%  of locals named YouTube their number 1 source, while an additional 58% ranked it in their top 3. While 77% of residents are familiar with the AUA’s video part of the Core Curriculum, only 24% are aware of the AUA’s YouTube channel. Urology residents rely heavily on YouTube and other video platforms when preparing for surgery cases. Since the quality and instructional substance of YouTube videos varies, videos must be handpicked by the AUA to be featured prominently in the resident curriculum.

 

Source: auajournals.org/doi/full/10.1097/UPJ.0000000000000321