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Behind The Knife: The Surgery Podcast

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Behind the Knife is the world’s #1 surgery podcast.  From high-yield educational topics to interviews with leaders in the field, Behind the Knife delivers the information you need to know.  Tune in for timely, relevant, and engaging content designed to help you DOMINATE THE DAY! Behind the KnifeRead more

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Journal Review in Surgical Palliative Care: Palliative Care in the Surgical ICU

Dec 6 • 32:38
Welcome to the first Surgical Palliative Care Journal Club, the second of a six-part series focused on the integration of palliative care into the practice of surgery.  Join us as we discuss the first study of how to best integrate palliative medicine principles into the care of trauma ICU patients.  We then tackle the question:  Why are surgeons often unwilling to discont...

Journal Review in Surgical Education: Operative Performance Assessment

Dec 2 • 35:05
5 years of General Surgery residency? Check. Case numbers? Check. Ready for independent practice? Hmmm.  

Join Drs. John D. Mellinger, Jeremy Lipman, Judith French, and Amy Han as we discuss the past, present and future of operative assessment.

Learning objectives:

In this episode, we discuss the current practices of operative assessment in surgical training and the opportuni...

Clinical Challenges in Surgical Critical Care: Arrhythmias

Nov 29 • 28:32
Cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation are common in any ICU. But, adequately addressing additional perioperative considerations is key in the surgical ICU. In this Critical Care episode of Behind the Knife, Drs. Bankhead, Dumas, & Park will address how to approach a critically ill patient who presents with an arrythmia. Hemodynamically stable vs. unstable patient...

Journal Review in Thoracic Surgery: Adjuvant Therapy in Lung Adenocarcinoma

Nov 22 • 25:51
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and what better way is there to spend your time than getting to know the recent advances in adjuvant therapy for early-stage lung adenocarcinoma? 

Learning Objectives

-        Review work-up and treatment of lung adenocarcinoma
-        Review evidence behind Osimertinib as an adjuvant therapy in EGFR mutation positive disease
-        ...

cT2N0 Middle Rectal CA: Neoadjuvant Therapy or Resect?

Nov 18 • 18:09
Join Behind the Knife's very own Dr. Scott Steele, Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, for a high-level talk on the treatment of T2N0 rectal cancer. 

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Clinical Challenges in Emergency General Surgery: Cancer Emergencies

Nov 15 • 35:00
Join Drs. Ashlie Nadler, Jordan Nantais and Graham Skelhorne-Gross as they tackle Cancer Emergencies.  

Case 1 - Learning Points:
  1. These are complex patients and multidisciplinary care should be provided with input from oncology. 
  2. A step-up approach should be used, starting with medical management prior to considering surgery in appropriate patients.
  3. Highly selected patients ma...

Clinical Challenges in Endocrine Surgery: Genetic Testing for Thyroid Cancer

Nov 11 • 55:48
In this episode from the Endocrine Surgery team at BTK we discuss the clinical applications of genetic testing for thyroid cancer. We walk through three cases of thyroid nodules and discuss why and how genetic testing can guide surgical and medical management. As usual we review key points such as imaging criteria for thyroid nodules, the Bethesda system for thyroid cytopa...

Journal Review in Colorectal Surgery: Total Neoadjuvant Therapy (TNT) for Rectal Cancer

Nov 8 • 33:41
Adjuvant?  Neoadjuvant?  Short course?  Long course?  The treatment of rectal cancer treatment has come a long way.  Tune in to learn more about Total Neoadjuvant Therapy (TNT) and the mysterious HOLY PLANE.

Learning Objectives:

1.    Describe the rationale for Total Neoadjuvant Therapy (TNT) for rectal cancer
2.    Review the history of chemo and radiation therapy in treatme...

Family Leave During Surgical Training: A Discussion with ABS President Dr. Jo Buyske

Nov 4 • 27:52
The American Board of Surgery has a new family leave policy for surgery trainees:  What's new?  Is it enough?  And what does competency-based training have to do with it?  Join Drs. Patrick Georgoff and Shanaz Hossain as they discuss the details with ABS president Dr. Jo Buyske. 

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Clinical Challenges in Surgical Education: Pregnancy and Parenthood

Nov 1 • 39:05
Tick tock tick tock, 5 min is up! There is a plus sign on the testing stick. And you are…. Pregnant! Congratulations??? Join Drs. Erika Rangel, Eugene Kim, Yue-yung Hu, and Debbie Li as they discuss the challenges surgeons and trainees face as they navigate through pregnancy and parenthood. 

Learning objectives:
In this episode, we learn about the personal experiences includ...

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