Who are we?
We are four UK based surgeons who are passionate about improving surgical education worldwide. We are all at different stages of our careers, giving us a great overview of the entire surgical training process.
Why did we make Touch Surgery?
Surgical Training has changed a lot, and unfortunately has not kept up to date with the latest technology. Modern surgical trainees face many difficulties in their training, many of which directly impact their ability to learn and train in surgery. We created Touch Surgery to address many of these issues, which will we hope will improve the training of surgeons worldwide.
What is our vision for Touch Surgery?
We want to help trainees be the best surgeon that they can be. Touch Surgery has been designed from the ground up as a mobile surgical training device, and is meant to supplement current surgical training curricula. With Touch Surgery, trainees will be able to carry around in their pocket all the essential information that is required to perform an operation. Touch Surgery Modules include important information about pre-operative pathways - useful for when you are seeing a patient in the clinic. The Touch Surgery simulator helps you to learn the key decision making steps for each operation. You are then able to test your knowledge with an unsupervised simulation, and see your results on your personal learning curve. This allows you to identify gaps in your knowledge and compare your progress with others in the Touch Surgery community. In this manner Touch Surgery will help surgical trainees to completely understand the ins and outs of an operation even before they step into the operating theatre, thus making the most out of their training experience.
Is Touch Surgery just for Surgical Trainees?
Not at all! Although the Touch Surgery modules have been designed and created to suit trainees in surgery, the method of delivering mobile, essential content makes Touch Surgery useful to medical students, other healthcare professionals and anybody who has an interest in surgery. Patients may also find the information within the modules interesting - which may even help with the consent process.
What modules are we going to make?
At the moment we are a young company and therefore only have limited modules available. As time goes on we plan to expand our content selection to include all the major surgical specialties. We would love to hear from you regarding what modules you think we should make next, and also regarding feedback for current modules.
What is so special about learning with Touch Surgery?
Touch Surgery teaches you how to perform an operation in a stepwise fashion, highlighting the decision making process throughout the surgery. Attention is paid to the smallest detail down to insertion of individual stitches, the use of retractors and so forth. This provides precise surgical education unlike any other form of surgical training tool currently available. the Touch Surgery simulator makes you learn the decision making pathway during an operation in an interactive fashion, allowing you to learn by doing. This method of learning is associated with far higher levels of knowledge retention than traditional learning methods such as lectures, reading or watching video. The use of our test function allows you to perform the operation with minimal prompts, allowing you to make every decision in the operative process. Using the knowledge that you have just gained further reinforces your learning, leading to even higher knowledge retention. As Touch Surgery has been designed for mobile devices this means that you can truly learn surgery wherever you are, whenever you like.
Does Touch Surgery replace current training systems?
Touch Surgery is designed to compliment current training methods, and is not meant to be a replacement. By using Touch Surgery in combination with your current training methods, it will help cement important knowledge about an operation in your mind. the aim of this is to allow you to make the most of every single opportunity that you get to operate. If you already know all the important steps of surgery before you step into the operating theatre, then you can concentrate even more upon your operative technique during the procedure.