Effectiveness of Telementoring in Surgery Compared with On-site Mentoring: A Systematic Review

Elif Bilgic, Sena Turkdogan, Yusuke Watanabe, Amin Madani, Tara Landry, Daniel Lavigne, Liane S. Feldman, Melina C. Vassiliou

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

54 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background. Mentorship is important but may not be feasible for distance learning. To bridge this gap, telementoring has emerged. The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of telementoring compared with on-site mentoring. Methods. A search was done up to March 2015. Studies were included if they used telementoring between surgeons during a clinical encounter and if they compared on-site mentoring and telementoring. Results. A total of 11 studies were included. All reported no difference in complication rates, and 9 (82%) reported similar operative times; 4 (36%) reported technical issues, which was 3% of the total number of cases in the 11 studies. No study reported on higher levels of evidence for effectiveness of telementoring as an educational intervention. Conclusion. Studies reported that telementoring is associated with similar complication rates and operative times compared with on-site mentoring. However, the level of evidence to support the effectiveness of telementoring as a training tool is limited. There is a need for studies that provide evidence for the equivalence of the effectiveness of telementoring as an educational intervention in comparison with on-site mentoring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-385
Number of pages7
JournalSurgical Innovation
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-08-2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Effectiveness of Telementoring in Surgery Compared with On-site Mentoring: A Systematic Review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this