Live from our operating room to Brazil: Taking international teaching to the next level

Aug. 31, 2012

Through an interactive audio-video broadcast surgeons in Brazil are learning leading edge surgical techniques from expert London urologist Dr. John Denstedt, London's Chair/Chief of Surgery.

Throughout a recent broadcast, two live procedures were demonstrated for the Brazil team which allowed them several views of the patient, the operating room, and internal views of the surgery itself through a camera scope. The team could ask questions, adding to the real time training and collaboration.

Video (click to play - note there is no audio): Dr. John Denstedt, London's Chair/Chief of Surgery, demonstrates leading edge surgical techniques via interactive audio-video broadcast to surgeons in Brazil

The broadcast, done through a secure Internet cloud-based technology from InTouch Health (Santa Barbara, CA, USA) takes international teaching to the next level and is one way London surgeons are creating better access to health care across the world. “In the future it may be possible to broadcast such sessions across an entire country by linking and networking centres. It enables experienced surgeons to mentor teams on new techniques and collaborate on complex cases while eliminating time, distance and cost barriers,” says Dr. Denstedt.

Dr. Denstedt, a professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has been teaching the next generation of surgeons in London for more than 20 years. His international teaching has included several surgical courses at Chengdu China’s West China Hospital and broadcasts across China.

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Media outlets, please note: high quality video of our recent broadcast is available upon request.

For more information:
Kelsi Break, Communication Consultant
Communication & Public Affairs
St. Joseph's Health Care London
519 646-6100 ext. 64792
kelsi.break@sjhc.london.on.ca

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