The site will be geared to the motto: 'Learning surgery is fun'. This will contain the whole of surgery. There will be the relevant aspects of anatomy and physiology which will be emphasised in the preparation of particular examinations such as the MRCS OSCE. Critical care will be discussed in detail with scenarios. The topics will be presented as separate modules such as Gastroenterology, Hepatobiliary, Endocrines etc. Each of these modules will have subsections.
Topics will be introduced with radiological images, colour pictures of clinical cases and specimens, clinical scenarios and blood results. On click of the mouse or a swipe, this will be followed by questions. You are now expected to answer the questions in your own mind. On further mouse click or swipe, you will see the answers. This process will continue in steps until the topic in question is completed. It may be a good idea to do this exercise in small groups, particularly during examination preparation. You will find out for yourself what suits you best, whether studying on your own or in pairs or as a small team.
While the vast majority of the material will be produced by Pradip Datta, there will be other contributors who will be acknowledged. Images and pictures will be appropriately acknowledged too.
I would like to thank Stuart Enoch and Doctors Academy for taking on this major project in the interests of medical education in general and surgical training in particular to reach out to budding young surgeons on a global scale. This is being carried out on a purely altruistic basis.
My thanks are to: Doug Mackay, CEng, BEng, MIET, FIESIS, Consultant, Wick, Caithness, Scotland and Marianne Smith, Librarian, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland, for helping me to become computer literate.
Dr Alastair Todd, Dr David Nicol, Consultant Radiologists, Dr Jim McPhie, Consultant Pathologist, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, Scotland, for help with images and photographs.
The Staff at the Education Department, The Christie Hospital, Manchester, England, for general educational support.