On Thursday the 22nd of May, the Royal London Hospital and the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry will host the first live-streamed surgical procedure in the UK, via Google Glass. Additionally this will be the first intra-procedural live-streamed surgical teaching session in the UK, using such a device to broadcast to trainees and students beyond the surgical theatre. Trainees and students from Europe, Australasia and South America will also be participating in this live event making it international.
Consultant Colorectal surgeon, Mr Shafi Ahmed, working with medical students from the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, will be performing the procedure.
Mr Ahmed will be performing a right hemicolectomy and partial liver resection, this will be the first point-of-view surgery broadcast in the UK. The procedure will be streamed to trainees and students across the world and we believe that such techniques will become key to future undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. The surgery will take place at The Royal London Hospital, the same site as the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation (NCBRSI). The NCBRSI is housed in the Blizard Institute, the largest institute of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and aims to deliver excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and clinical service.
Mr Shafi Ahmed is an Associate Dean at Barts and The London Medical School and will shortly be taking up a seat on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons. Follow him on Twitter here: @ShafiAhmed5.
Barts & The London Medical School is the oldest medical school in England and was recently ranked 4th in the national league tables*. St Bartholomew’s Hospital is the oldest in England, having been founded in 1123.
*Complete University Guide 2014