JOMI in Times of a Pandemic

Introduction
General Surgery Clerkships
Residency Programs
Staff Training

Introduction

Elective and minimally invasive cases are down. With the pandemic raging in the US and around the world, medical education, to put it mildly, has been affected. Therefore, it is important to articulate the role that JOMI can play to support your program in this difficult time.

General Surgery Clerkships

The impact that COVID-19 has had on general surgery clerkships includes: 

  1. Limited OR Access
  2. Reduced Case Volume
  3. Fewer MIS cases

JOMI saves the day: JOMI is the only video resource that offers long-form, peer-reviewed master classes in surgery. Students are guided by experts through virtual shadowing experiences, which are at least as good (and in many cases better than) as in-person shadowing. The following is a list of relevant cases to general surgery clerkships:

Some specific cases we recommend are:

Residency Programs

From a training perspective, JOMI can help in the following areas:

  • Elective Procedures / Impact on Education - lower case volume for elective procedures leaves residents with fewer opportunities to operate/learn. JOMI publishes cases from incision to closure, offering virtual shadowing sessions to fill this educational gap.

  • Preparation for Open Cases - with fewer minimally invasive (MIS) cases being performed due to transmission concerns, there has been an increase in open cases (far more than pre-pandemic). Many cases on JOMI are open, which makes JOMI a significant asset for residents.

It may be worth noting that ACS, SAGES and other scientific societies have stated that MIS should be avoided, unless there are proven benefits over the open approach (lap cholecycstectomy, frail or elderly patients, etc.)

JOMI saves the day: JOMI is valuable to residents in the following surgical specialties:

General Surgery

This is one of the strongest sections. The following case indexes are particularly relevant:

Some exemplary cases include:

Orthopaedics

JOMI has a wide variety of orthopedic cases: 

Some exemplary cases include:

Trauma

This year, a particular effort was made to publish trauma cases:

Some exemplary cases include:

Staff Training

Students and surgeons are not the only ones affected by a lack of access to the operating rooms.  Other audiences include hospital staff (especially in situations where new hirees require familiarity with the OR), as well as the private sector (device manufacturers, R&D departments, etc.)  JOMI offers an unprecedented level of detail, making it possible to continue learning from the best and brightest in operating rooms from around the world despite the pandemic closures.