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  • Physician's Weekly Surgery Edition
    5 star rating An online version of this popular hard copy publication. Physician's Weekly Surgery Edition offers professional-level highlights and analysis of surgical current medical news and controversies. Physician\s Weekly, Inc.
  • Surgery News from Doctors Guide
    5 star rating Medical and pharmaceutical industry news, product announcements and research developments from conferences, journals, and newswires. PSL Consulting Group Inc.
    5 star rating REG Provides regularly updated links to abstracts and, if available, free or fee access full text articles recently released at respected online sources such as the New England Journal of Medicine or the Journal of the American Medical Association. Free registration.
  • American College of Surgeons NewsScope
    4 star rating A weekly news update from the American College of Surgeons.
  • General Surgery News
    4 star rating REG A monthly newsmagazine designed to keep general surgeons abreast of the latest developments in the field. The publication features extensive meeting coverage, analysis of journal articles, educational reviews, and information on new drugs and products. McMahon Publishing Group. Free registration.
  • Surgeons News of the Royal College of Surgeons
    4 star rating Feature articles and contributions: "Surgeons\ diary", "Lifestyle articles", "Surgeons\ analysis". Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Science Daily News - Surgery
    3 star rating News releases regarding medical research developments from universities, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and other scientific institutions. These announcements present new discoveries in therapeutics and disease management. ScienceDaily Magazine.
  • Surgery News from Online Medical News
    3 star rating A directory of weblinks to sites that offer specialty-related news for medical professionals and patients.
  • Surgery News
    3 star rating News stories emerging on the Internet from online newspapers and magazines.
  • What's New in Surgery - Foxhall Surgical Associates
    1 star rating Monthly article abstracts about new advances in the discipline.

Full Text / MultiMedia

  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Journal
    5 star rating A peer-reviewed full text journal, from Scotland, which presents advances in surgical science including practical articles that promote the highest possible standards of surgical excellence.
  • Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Journal
    5 star rating The AORN journal is a monthly publication that provides articles on perioperative nursing including topics related to clinical management, research, pharmacology, and legislation. Presented online by
  • e-Hand Electronic Textbook of Hand Surgery
    5 star rating A othopedic surgeon's web project which offers a hand anatomy review, briefs on common fractures, decision trees, clip art, an image gallery, slide lectures, and office forms. Charles Eaton, MD .
  • General Surgery Article Archives at BMJ
    5 star rating The British Medical Journal offers free access to its archives of surgery-related, full text clinical care articles. Published by the British Medical Association.
  • Medscape Surgery Articles
    5 star rating REG Today's surgery news, surgery articles links, conference coverage, and news from this medical portal directed to physicians and healthworkers. Medscape, Inc., of New York. Free registration.
  • Medslides Surgery Online Slide Presentations
    5 star rating An archive of slide presentation lectures, in Microsoft Powerpoint format, on continuing medical education topics and clinical studies. The slides are produced by medical specialty consultants, contributed by academic affiliate faculties, and provided by health care industry sponsors. All slides are reviewed prior to posting on the Internet to ensure the highest educational and scientific value.
  • Operations at Bandolier
    5 star rating Advice about treatments or diseases based on systematic reviews of studies and trials.
  • ResidentNet - Surgical Residency Training Modules
    5 star rating Surgical residency training modules supported by a grant from the United States Surgical Corporation.
  • SAGES Primary Care Physician's Resource Center
    5 star rating Articles about endoscopic surgical options for various GI diseases and conditions. Sections on "Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy", "Laparoscopic Appendectomy", etc. contain description of signs and symptoms, treatment options, an outline of the procedure, and a summary of outcomes and possible complications. Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.
  • Surgery Clerkship Website at Toronto
    5 star rating Modules and case studies that helps medical students address issues related to management of surgical cases. Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
  • Surgery Symposium Presentations
    5 star rating Online presentations that inform surgeons about new approaches in minimally invasive surgery from the 18th Annual Symposium at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
  • Surgical Knowledge and Skills at Edinburgh
    5 star rating Slides, lectures, tutorials, and structured forms with surgical educational value. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • Web-Based Surgical Simulators at Manchester
    5 star rating A site that offers virtual environments, using the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), to train clinicians in surgical procedures. The academic project offers training modules for ventricular catheterisation, trigeminal neuralgia, pedicle screw insertion, lumbar puncture, liver biopsy, proton eye radiotherapy.
  • World Journal of Surgical Oncology
    5 star rating An open access, online journal which publishes surgical oncology papers: epidemiology, cancer research, prevention, pathology, radiology, cancer treatment, clinical trials, multimodality treatment and molecular biology. Published by BioMed Central.
  • Annals of Surgical Oncology
    4 star rating Free full text journal articles made available by the publisher. Change the year in the search window for alternate years.The official journal of the Society of Surgical Oncology.
  • Asian Journal of Surgery
    4 star rating A peer-reviewed journal for original scientific contributions in the field of clinical and experimental surgery. The journal is the official publication of the Asian Surgical Association et al.
  • Basic Surgical Skills Course (India)
    4 star rating Text reviews and video clips that provide surgical training for medical practitioners in India: "Handling of Instruments", "Knots by hand and instruments", "Skin Suture", "Bowel and vascular anastomosis", etc. Dr.N.R Research & Digestive Diseases Education Trust.
    4 star rating A website which introduces the terminology and concepts in reconstructive surgery of extremities, nerves and breasts using microsurgery. Includes an online atlas of microsurgery with a detailed description of flap techniques.
  • ProctoSite Colorectal Surgery Educational Database
    4 star rating A colorectal surgery on-line educational and update database for surgeons with particular interest in colorectal surgery. Contributions containing high quality scientific material about colorectal surgery including pictures, videos or texts.
  • Technical Training in Surgery and Medicine
    4 star rating An online resource for teaching medical students and residents the technical aspects of medical and surgical procedures. Includes "Orientation to the OR", "Basic Knot Tying & Suturing", "Scrubbing for the OR", "Anchoring Central Venous Lines", etc. Wayne W. LaMorte, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. of Boston University.
  • World Journal of Surgical Oncology
    4 star rating An open access, online journal publishes papers on all aspects of surgical oncology and allied subjects such as epidemiology, cancer research, biomarkers, prevention, pathology, radiology, cancer treatment, clinical trials, multimodality treatment and molecular biology.
  • Flash Card Exchange - Surgery
    3 star rating Reviews of clinical topics with "clickable" questions and answers. The "flashcards" are posted by worldwide medical students as study tools.
  • Medslides Surgery Powerpoint Slideshows
    3 star rating A collection of slideshows authored by medical faculty and clinicians.
  • Hospital Physician General Surgery Board Review Manuals
    2 star rating REG Up-to-date manuals, developed by leading clinical educators, that assist physicians studying for Board certification or recertification examinations. PDF format. Turner White Communications, Inc. Fee registration.
  • Computer Aided Surgery
    2 star rating REG Multimedia format, peer-reviewed journal on image guided surgery and its applications in neurosurgery, otolaryngology, orthopedics, and urology. Each issue contains original articles, technical notes, invited reviews, and brief reports. Restricted registration or content areas. Wiley.
  • Contemporary Surgery
    2 star rating REG Publishes peer-reviewed clinical articles for general and other surgeons: review articles, literature reviews, outcomes, case reports, management dilemmas, practical pearls, editorials, and a monthly symposium. Free registration. Dowden Health Media, Inc.



  • eMedicine - General Surgery Online Textbook
    5 star rating Constantly-updated and carefully-edited online multimedia textbooks in various specialties. This web project presents disease synopses with clinical and physical findings, etiology, pathophysiology, symptoms, differential diagnosis, and treatment options. Emedicine offers post-tests for CME credit; a typical fee is $7.50 per credit hour. Emedicine, Inc. Fee registration.
  • Essential Surgical Care
    5 star rating A comprehensive guide to emergency and common surgical procedures for the District hospital. Includes basic surgical procedures, the abdomen, emergency obstetrics, resuscitation and anaesthesia, acute trauma management and orthopaedics. This web-based document concludes with a course manual on primary trauma care. Authored for the World Health Organization.
  • Primary Surgery
    5 star rating State of the art surgery methods and techniques as practiced in rural hospitals where sophisticated technical equipment may not be available. Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and the Republic of Kenya.
  • Surgery - Family Practice Notebook
    5 star rating A section from an ongoing compendium of the diagnosis and management of common medical problems seen in Family Practice. Family Practice Notebook, LLC.
  • Surgical Treatment - Evidence-Based and Problem-Oriented.
    5 star rating A compact textbook, designed for point of care bedside use, which includes most aspects of "general surgery". Zuckschwerdt Publishers, 2001.
  • University of Iowa Family Practice Handbook - General Surgery
    5 star rating A chapter, from this published handbook of outpatient and inpatient medicine, that covers the diagnosis and treatment of common clinical problems. Authored by Graber, M.D. et al. and published by Mosby Year Book, Inc in 1997. Presented online by the University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital.
  • Principles of Surgery in Veterinary Medicine
    4 star rating Detailed coverage of suturing, clamping, instruments, surgical preparation, sterilization, draping, etc. that are equally useful for students of human surgery. Offers a large set of richly illustrated teaching materials that aid veterinary students in mastering basic surgery skills. University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Surgical Intern Pocket Mentor
    4 star rating A handbook for surgical interns developed to ease the transition from student to resident to surgeon. Based upon the experiences of a number of women surgeons this resource is intended to make the passage a bit easier. Association of Women Surgeons.
  • Textbook of Surgery
    2 star rating Chapters cover basic surgical principles, radiology wounds, critical care, nutritional support, anaesthesia, AIDS, transplantation, trauma, orthopedics, arterial disorders, etc. Presented online by Sahar Sattar.
  • Canadian Medical Examination (MCCQE) 2000 Review Notes - General Surgery
    1 star rating These review notes are an up-to-date, concise and comprehensive review of medical specialty clinical knowledge. The text prepares graduating medical students for certification examination.
  • Journal of Surgery On-Line
    1 star rating A compilation of current diagnostic and treatment guidelines for patient management of common disorders in surgery practice. Subscription fee. CCS Publishing.
  • Scientific American Surgery Online
    1 star rating REG Regularly updated surgical protocols, in-depth coverage of operative management of core conditions, decision trees, references hot-linked directly to Medline, procedures, management recommendations, and techniques based on the expertise of more than 175 distinguished contributors. Fee registration. American College of Surgeons and WebMD.

Major Sites / Home Pages

  • American College of Surgeons
    5 star rating A scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The College currently has more than 56,000 Fellows, including more than 3,400 Fellows in other countries, making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world. The ACS website offers news, clinical resources, online CME opportunites, and announcements regarding meetings and events.
  • Surgery at
    5 star rating REG Selected weblinks to free, high quality, full text resources relevant to this specialty: clinical textbooks, news, and journal articles. Free registration is limited to physicians and healthworkers. Sponsored by Merck and Company. Restricted registration or content areas.
  • Websurg Surgery Education Project
    5 star rating REG A large selection of free surgical news stories, CME modules, descriptionsof operative techniques, congress updates, and videos that focus on the principles and practices of surgery. University of Virginia. Free registration.
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
    4 star rating Encourage the study of breast surgery, promotes research and development of advanced surgery techniques, improves standards of practice for breast surgery in the United States, and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas.
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
    4 star rating ASCRC is the leading professional society representing more than 1000 board certified Colon and Rectal surgeons and other surgeons dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and practice of the treatment of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. This website includes membership information, society updates, and practice parameters that have been published in the ASCRS's scientific journal .
  • American Society of General Surgeons
    4 star rating Represents the socioeconomic, political, scientific, and professional interests of General Surgeon specialists.
  • Surgical Knowledge and Skills Web Site at Edinburgh
    4 star rating Symposium updates, high quality videos of advanced laparoscopic procedures, an x-ray image collection with case histories a surgical journal, and a review of surgical techniques. Presented online by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons
    4 star rating ASAS was founded in 1959, and is a recognized Surgical Specialty Society of the AMA. It helps its surgeons meet the needs of their patients and the changing practice of abdominal surgery with continuing education programs. This website offers membership information, meeting updates, details of continuing medical education programs, and a newsletter.
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    3 star rating REG ASSH advances the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners. Its website includes membership access to its newsletter, professional publications, patient education, and membership information. Restricted registration or content areas.
  • Canadian Society Of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
    3 star rating A non-profit specialized medical association that fosters excellence in the treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. This website offers guidelines, news, and membership information.
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
    3 star rating A UK-based organization that promotes surgical leadership in the art and science of patient care and provides instruction and research regarding the diseases and functions of the alimentary tract. The website includes membership information, meeting udpates, a calendar of events, and guidelines for physicians.
    3 star rating REG A highly graphic web effort that incorporates texts, clinical cases, videos, procedure instruction, and expert opinion with the goal of providing surgeons worldwide "e-training" in surgery. Fee registration.
  • Surgery Associations at Medbioworld
    2 star rating A comprehensive directory of weblinks for associations in this specialty.
  • The Southwestern Surgical Congress
    2 star rating REG Clinical cases, abstracts, educational modules, membership information, a calendar of events, and updates from the annnual meeting that help general surgeons develop new knowledge and skills. Fee registration.
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    1 star rating Offers organization information, policy statements, and guidelines.


Practice Guidelines / FAQs


Images, Path./Clinical

  • City Wide Surgical Grand Rounds Video Archives
    5 star rating Department of Surgery, The University of New Mexico.
  • General Surgery Videos at TissueLink
    5 star rating Procedures using TissueLink's commercial technique to minimize blood loss and achieve hemostasis in solid organ resection surgery, trauma, and non-trauma surgery.
  • Surgical Videos at Michigan
    5 star rating A collection of surgical videos that feature procedures in the abdomen from the University of Michigan Medical School Medical School.
  • Vesalius Studios Surgical Procedures Multimedia
    5 star rating REG A continuously updated resource that offers free, detailed, illustrated narratives on surgical procedures and anatomy with over 4,000 medical images. Includes an image archive, photographs, surgical narratives, animations, interactive presentations of anatomic layers, and quizzes. Vesalius is produced by Lion Reef Software, Inc., a privately-held company specializing in the development of graphical communications for organizations in the medical and surgical commmunities. The modules are written by medical professionals and describe the key steps and anatomy for a surgical procedure. Free registration.
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Videos at Gem Hospital
    4 star rating High quality videos of advanced laparoscopic procedures presented online by the Gem Hospital in Coimbatore and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • Online Atlas of Surgery
    4 star rating Topic summaries of surgical techniques, instrumentation, positioning, room set up, anatomy, dissection and repair. Wake Forest University.
  • Skin Suture Video Clips (India)
    4 star rating Short video clips demonstrating a simple skin suture and a vertical mattress suture. Dr. N. R Research & Digestive Diseases Education Trust.
  • Surgery Webcasts at Brigham and Women's Hospital
    4 star rating Views of top specialists performing state-of-the-art medical procedures live as they occur or in replays.
  • Surgical Procedures at Heelmeester Hospital
    4 star rating A catalog of annotated photographs and movies of surgical procedures with step by step descriptions from a hospital in the Netherlands. Some descriptions are in the Dutch language.
  • Videos of Surgical Procedures at NLM
    4 star rating A well-categorized collection of links to surgical procedure videos collected at the National Library Medicine's Medline Plus service. These are actual operations performed at medical centers in the United States since January 2004. The videos last an hour.
  • Operations Videos at Medicdirect
    3 star rating Narrated surgery and endoscopy videos for patient education.
  • Surgery Simulation Deformable Models
    3 star rating Online movies that simulate the perceived environment which a surgeon encounters when he or she is performing endoscopic surgery procedures. Graphics, Visualization & Usability (GVU) Center at Georgia Tech.
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Summaries from Dr. Hughes
    1 star rating Concise summaries of surgery for the thyroid, parathyroid, parotid and submandibular glands, as well as mucosal and skin cancers of the head and neck. Requires download of Flashnet. Dr Christopher Hughes.
  • Surgical Video Gallery at UCI
    1 star rating Videos of surgical techniques and procedures. Department of Surgery at the UCI College of Medicine.


Patient Education

  • Frequently Performed Operations Pamphlets from ACS
    3 star rating The American College of Surgeons series of public information brochures on specific clinical procedures. Topics include Appendectomy and Cholecystectomy.
  • Medlineplus - Surgery
    3 star rating An index of patient-oriented current news stories, topic reviews, and librarian selected links to Internet-based coverage of surgical topics. National Library of Medicine.
  • The PreOp-Guide
    3 star rating A downloadable handbook that guides patients through the process of surgery from initial evaluation through recovery. Robert A. Catania, MD.
  • YourSurgery.Com
    2 star rating REG Diagrams and animations of common surgical procedures to assist surgeons in obtaining informed consent. Covers anatomy, pathology, examination, testing, indications for surgery, description of the surgical procedure, complications and after care. Fee registration.
  • MD InterActive Surgery Patient Documents
    1 star rating Disease-categorized Internet links presented by a physician team as a public service.
    1 star rating Images and text to educate consumers about surgical procedures.


  • MedWeb Surgery
    1 star rating Well-maintained links to guides, sites, journals, organizations, and documents for a general audience. Emory University.
  • Surgery Internet Resources Directory at Karolinska
    1 star rating A systematic disease classification of Internet resources for laymen, healthcare professionals and scientists. Presented by a medical librarian team at Sweden's Karolinska Institute.

Educational Materials

  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Illustrations
    4 star rating REG Medical illustrations demonstrating human anatomical structures and a variety of surgical procedures, including arm and leg anatomy, pancreatic and gallbladder disorders, intestinal anatomy and disorders, respiratory system anatomy, renal system, and cardiovascular system. Recent additions cover a range of topics including orthopedics and digestive and renal system disorders. Free registration.
  • Wound Healing
    4 star rating Provides examples of wound management techniques. S.N.Carson, MD.
  • Basic electronic Surgical Training
    3 star rating REG BeST is a comprehensive online program in basic surgical training. It is a ground-breaking product that services the entire needs of resident surgeons and also offers surgeons a superb reference and continuing education. professionally moderated core content, visual and interactive learning, realistic case studies, challenging simulations, tests and personalized feedback. Fee registration.
  • Spineuniverse
    3 star rating Educational site for back care information, spinal treatment, new surgical options, and alternatives to surgical treatment.
    2 star rating A free on-line surgical resource aimed at those preparing for postgraduate surgical examinations. It contains tutorials, a journal club, multiple choice questions, revision notes and more.
  • General Surgery Pearls, Probability and Prognosis
    1 star rating Lecture notes from the Department of Surgery, Ohio State University.
  • General Surgery Tutorials at
    1 star rating Case based tutorials in general surgery for medical students and MRCS candidates. This resource was compiled using notes made during surgical training in the UK.
  • Proctology Online Workshop at Australia
    1 star rating Step by step procedure images and text assist general practioners in their knowledge of office proctology. The Wales Day Centre.



  • Surginet General Surgeons Mail List
    3 star rating A forum for the discussion of all aspects of General Surgery. Subscription requires medical credentials. Unmoderated. 750 plus subscribers.

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