Interactive Neurosurgery Lecture Series: A Global Education Platform of Tele-Teaching During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic and Beyond

Adrian Safa, Gaetano De Biase, Andres Ramos-Fresnedo, Kaisorn L. Chaichana, Kingsley Abode-Iyamah, Selby G. Chen, Sanjeet S. Grewal, Ian Buchanan, W. Christopher Fox, Rabih G. Tawk, Gordon Deen, Eric Nottmeier, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

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Objective: To explore the worldwide impact of a virtual neurosurgery-neuroscience lecture series on optimizing neurosurgical education with tele-teaching. Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed from our Zoom database to collect data from October 15, 2020, to December 14, 2020, and from September 27, 2021, to December 13, 2021. A comparative analysis of participants in the 2 different time frames was performed to investigate the impact of tele-teaching on neurosurgical education worldwide. To evaluate participant satisfaction, the yearly continuing medical education reports of 2020–2021 were analyzed. Data related to the distribution of lectures by subspecialties were also described. Results: Among the 11 lectures of the first period, 257 participants from 17 countries in 4 different continents were recorded, with a mean of 64 (standard deviation = 9.30) participants for each meeting; 342 attendees participated from 19 countries in 5 continents over the 11 lectures of the second part, with an average of 82.8 (standard deviation = 14.04) attendees; a statistically significant increase in participation between the 2 periods was identified (P < 0.001) A total of 19 (2020) and 21 (2021) participants submitted the continuing medical education yearly survey. More than 86.4% of overall responses considered the lectures “excellent.” The main topics reported during lectures in 2020–2021 were related to brain tumors (33.7%) and education (22.1%). Conclusions: The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need to introduce new educational approaches for teaching novel ways to optimize patient care. Our multidisciplinary Web-based virtual lecture series could represent an innovative tele-teaching platform in neurosurgical training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e731-e740
JournalWorld neurosurgery
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • Covid-19
  • Education
  • Lecture series
  • Neurosurgery
  • Tele-teaching
  • Virtual learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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