Teachable Moments: More Than Half of Facial Plastic Surgeons Learn on YouTube

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Tuesday, April 5, 2016

More than 60 percent of facial plastic surgeons watch online streaming media (think YouTube) to learn a new technique. What’s more, most use these techniques in practice, according to a study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Leading facial plastic surgeons are quick to point out the merits of video learning and the place that this knowledge can, and should, have in the operating room – along with potential pitfalls of the practice.

Study Findings Explained

Anita Sethna, MD, of the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, and coauthors surveyed American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) members and received 202 responses, about 8 percent of the AAFPRS membership.

The most popular ways to stay current with technical and nontechnical findings still includes meetings, journals and discussions with colleagues, but 64.1 percent of respondents have used online media at least once to learn a new technique, especially for rhinoplasty and injectable procedures, and 83.1 percent had used those techniques in practice. Less experienced surgeons were more likely to have used online streaming media than more experienced surgeons, the study found.

Read more at Modern Aesthetics.
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