Eur J Pediatr Surg 2014; 24(04): 287-294
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1386646
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Telementoring: The Surgical Tool of the Future

Todd A. Ponsky
1  Department of Pediatric Surgery, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio, United States
Marc Schwachter
2  Operations, GlobalcastMD, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States
Jennifer Parry
2  Operations, GlobalcastMD, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States
Steven Rothenberg
3  Department of Pediatric Surgery, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, Colorado, United States
Knut Magne Augestad
4  Department of Telemedicine and Integrated Care and Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway
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10 June 2014

13 June 2014

Publication Date:
11 August 2014 (online)


With decreased resident experience during training and the constant evolution of new surgical techniques, surgeons are at risk for complications during the early part of the learning curve. Mentorship by experienced surgeons may mitigate these complications. The availability of such advanced telepresence technology makes it logical that this will be used as part of the model to proctor, mentor, and train practicing surgeons. Here, we review the current state of telementoring.