Survey of social media use for surgical education during covid-19

Diego Laurentino Lima, Raquel Nogueira Cordeiro Laurentino Lima, Dyego Benevenuto, Thiers Soares Raymundo, Phillip P. Shadduck, Juliana Melo Bianchi, Flavio Malcher

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Objective: To evaluate the use of social media platforms by medical students, surgical trainees, and practicing surgeons for surgical education during the Covid-19 pandemic. Methods: An online, 15-question survey was developed and posted on Facebook and WhatsApp closed surgeon groups. Results: The online survey was completed by 219 participants from South America (87%), North America (7%), Europe (5%), Central America, and Asia. Respondents included medical students (6.4%), surgical residents/fellows (24.2%), and practicing surgeons (69.4%). The most common age group was 35-44 years. When asked which social media platforms they preferred, the video sharing site YouTube (33.3%), the messaging app WhatsApp (21%), and “other” (including videoconferencing sites) (22.3%) were most popular. Respondents reported using social media for surgical education either daily (38.4%) or weekly (45.2%), for an average of 1-5hours/week. Most (85%) opined that surgical conferences that were cancelled during the pandemic should be made available online, with live discussions. Conclusion: Social media use for surgical education during Covid-19 appears to be increasing and evolving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2020.00072
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • Covid-19
  • Medical education
  • Medical students
  • Pandemic
  • Resident
  • Social media
  • Surgical education
  • Virtual learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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