An evaluation of websites to help neurosurgical trainees learn histopathology

Jeffree, R. L. (2013) An evaluation of websites to help neurosurgical trainees learn histopathology. British Journal of Neurosurgery, 27 5: 595-598. doi:10.3109/02688697.2013.772097


Author Jeffree, R. L.
Title An evaluation of websites to help neurosurgical trainees learn histopathology
Journal name British Journal of Neurosurgery   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-8697
1360-046X
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/02688697.2013.772097
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 27
Issue 5
Start page 595
End page 598
Total pages 4
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 2728 Clinical Neurology
2746 Surgery
Formatted abstract
Introduction: Knowledge of histopathology is essential for good neurosurgical practice but current pressures on neurosurgical trainees' time restrict opportunities to learn histopathology by traditional methods. The internet offers a possible alternative resource. The aim of this project was to assess the existing, free, internet-based resources for learning histology and histopathology, from the perspective of a neurosurgical trainee.

Methods: English language websites were evaluated by an expert, and by neurosurgical trainees, for the range of content, academic credibility, quality of the histopathological images, quality of supporting content, educational features and the usability. Results. Thirty-nine websites were examined in detail by the author. Although many websites were useful, no individual website met all the requirements. Five neuropathology websites were clearly superior to the others. These were then assessed by neurosurgical trainees. The results of the assessment, a brief resume of each website, and the characteristics of a good website for the surgical trainees to learn pathology are discussed.

Conclusions: The best websites featured a large number of high-quality images, accurate, detailed clinical and pathophysiological information, labelling or description of individual images, and organisation by organ system. Free internet sites can offer a valuable learning resource to supplement textbooks and clinical pathology sessions.
Keyword Education
Internet
Neurosurgery
Pathology
Teaching materials
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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