J Reconstr Microsurg 2020; 36(06): 412-419
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1702158
Original Article
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International Microsurgery Club: An Effective Online Collaboration System

1  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Linkou Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
2  Department of Medicine, Mackay Medical College, New Taipei City, Taiwan
,
Mei Goh
3  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland, Australia
,
Raymond Goh
4  Valley Plastic Surgery, Queensland, Australia
,
Samir M. Ghoraba
5  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt
,
Mark Shafarenko
6  Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
,
Pei-Tzu Hung
1  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Linkou Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
7  Department of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
8  Shuang Ho Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taipei Medical University, New Taipei City, Taiwan
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Jung-Ju Huang
1  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Linkou Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
,
Cheng-Fong Chu
1  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Linkou Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
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1  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Linkou Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
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Angela Ting-Wei Hsu
1  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Linkou Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
2  Department of Medicine, Mackay Medical College, New Taipei City, Taiwan
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Jennifer An-Jou Lin
1  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Linkou Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
,
Che-Hsiung Lee
1  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Linkou Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
,
Tommy Nai-Jen Chang
1  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Linkou Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
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27. April 2019

04. Januar 2020

Publikationsdatum:
28. Februar 2020 (online)

Abstract

Background This study aimed to determine if International Microsurgery Club (IMC) is an effective online resource for microsurgeons worldwide, in providing an avenue for timely group discussions and advice regarding complicated cases, and an avenue for collaboration and information sharing.

Methods All posts on the IMC Facebook group from member 1 to 8,000 were analyzed according to inclusion criteria and categorized into three categories—case discussion, question, and information sharing. Posts were retrospectively analyzed for number of responses, time of responses, number of “likes,” number of treatment options, time of day, and demographics of authors and responders.

Results A retrospective analysis of 531 cases showed an average response rate of 75.7% within 1 hour and as membership grew. The response rate stabilized averaging between 72.5 and 78% across all times of the day. An average of 11.8 microsurgeons was involved per case discussion, and 5.7 treatment options were provided per case.

Conclusion IMC is shown to be an effective resource to allow microsurgeons to access timely advice from other microsurgeons without time and distance limitation, and to have interactive group discussions on complicated cases.