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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Jun;66(6):e155-61. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2013.02.014. Epub 2013 Mar 20.

Smartphones and the plastic surgeon.

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St John's Hospital, Howden, Livingston EH54 6PP, United Kingdom. nadaucl@yahoo.com

Abstract

Surgical trainees are facing limited training opportunities since the introduction of the European Working Time Directive. Smartphone sales are increasing and have usurped computer sales for the first time. In this context, smartphones are an important portable reference and educational tool, already in the possession of the majority of surgeons in training. Technology in the palm of our hands has led to a revolution of accessible information for the plastic surgery trainee and surgeon. This article reviews the uses of smartphones and applications for plastic surgeons in education, telemedicine and global health. A comprehensive guide to existing and upcoming learning materials and clinical tools for the plastic surgeon is included. E-books, podcasts, educational videos, guidelines, work-based assessment tools and online logbooks are presented. In the limited resource setting of modern clinical practice, savvy plastic surgeons can select technological tools to democratise access to education and best clinical care.

PMID:
23523169
DOI:
10.1016/j.bjps.2013.02.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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