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WISE MD

The Web Initiative for Surgical Education of Medical Doctors (WISE-MD) is a series of web-based modules created to enhance the surgical education of medical students as well as other health care professionals by providing high quality content on common surgical conditions. The modules address over 20 topics typically taught during the surgical clerkship such as appendicitis, biliary tract disease, breast cancer, thyroid disease and hernia. Content has been reviewed by multiple academic surgeons. Each is narrated by an expert in the field. Professionalism and communication are emphasized on sections related to taking the history, performing the physical exam and preparing the patient for surgery. Most of the modules have self-assessment questions. Modules are beautifully illustrated with video and animation. Reports are available for clerkship directors regarding usage of the modules by individual students. To date, over 100 medical and osteopathic schools use WISE-MD as part of their clerkship curriculum. 

The Web Initiative for Surgical Education of Medical Doctors, WISE-MD, was developed through a joint effort of New York University Medical Center, the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and the Association of Surgical Education (ASE). Throughout the development phase, the creation, production, and distribution of WISE-MD has been supported by NYU and the ACS as well as a number of generous contributors. An Editorial Board of 15 nationally recognized surgical educators from the ASE determine the content of the modules and select editors for specific topics.

WISE-MD was initially created to address gaps in medical student surgical education resulting from shortened hospital stays and increased use of outpatient facilities for pre- and post-surgical care. The modules were designed to follow the typical course of a patient from the initial presentation to the physical examination, laboratory testing and radiological imaging, preoperative preparation, surgery, and recovery. The modules include patient-physician interactions to stress the importance of professionalism and communication.

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  • Case Module: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (Thomas Riles, M.D. New York University School of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Adrenal Adenoma (Mary Ann Hopkins, M.D. New York University School of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Anorectal Disease (Kathleen Liscum, M.D. Baylor College of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Appendicitis (Mary Ann Hopkins, M.D. New York University School of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Bariatric Surgery and Obesity (Giselle Hamad, M.D. and Amour Forse, M.D. Creighton University)

  • Case Module: Bowel Obstruction (Sherry Wren, M.D. Stanford University School of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Breast Cancer Surgery (Ted James, M.D. and Susan Kaiser, M.D. University of Vermont Medical Center and Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Jersey City Medical Center)

  • Case Module: Burn Management (Kevin Foster, M.D. Arizona Burn Center)

  • Case Module: Cartoid Stenosis (Thomas Riles, M.D. New York University School of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Cholecystitis (Mary Ann Hopkins, M.D. New York University School of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Colon Cancer (Peter Shamamian, M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Diverticulitis (P. John Maxwell, M.D. and Gerald Isenberg, M.D. Jefferson College of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Hernia (Mary Ann Hopkins, M.D. New York University School of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Lung Cancer (Syed Quadri, M.D. University of Massachusetts)

  • Case Module: Pediatric Surgery: Hernia & Hydrocele (Barbara Pettit, M.D. and Kurt Heiss, M.D. Emory University School of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Pediatric Surgery: Pyloric Stenosis (Andreas Meier, M.D. and Ramin Jamshidi, M.D. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and University of California San Francisco School of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Skin Cancer (D. Scott Lind, M.D. Medical College of Georgia)

  • Case Module: Thyroid Nodule (Kepal Patel, M.D. New York University School of Medicine)

  • Case Module: Trauma Resuscitation (Spiros G. Frangos, M.D., M.P.H. New York University School of Medicine)

  • Skills Module 1: Best Practices

  • Skills Module 2: Suturing and instrument tie

  • Skills Module 3: Two handed knot tie

  • Skills Module 4: Epidural placement technique

  • Skills Module 5: Foley catheter placement