Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery 2017; 30(04): 244-251
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604252
Review Article
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Social Media: Changing the Paradigm for Surgical Education

Andrea M. Petrucci1, Manish Chand2, Steven D. Wexner1
  • 1Department of Colorectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida
  • 2University College London, London, United Kingdom
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Publication Date:
12 September 2017 (online)


The role of social media (SoMe) in surgical education is emerging as a tool that augments and complements traditional learning. As SoMe usage has steadily increased in our personal and professional lives, it is no surprise that it has permeated into surgical education. Different SoMe sites offer distinct platforms from which knowledge can be transmitted, while catering to various learning styles. The purpose of this review is to outline the various SoMe platforms and their use in surgical education. Moreover, it will discuss their effectiveness in teaching and learning surgical knowledge and skills as well as other potential roles SoMe has to offer to improve surgical education.