Telemedicine: History and Success Story of Remote Surgical Education in India

Indian J Surg. 2021 Jul 8;1-5. doi: 10.1007/s12262-021-03020-9. Online ahead of print.


Initiation of telemedicine in medical education in India was at par with developed countries but acceptance and progress have been slow. However, the recent coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic leading to disruption of Halstedian model of surgical teaching has changed the traditional dynamics of perception of this mode of education. Sanjay Gandhi PostGraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), has been a pioneer and introduced the telemedicine system into surgical education as early as in year 2001. In this article, we reviewed the literature on tele-education in surgical field in Indian scenario, with particular emphasis on tele-education activities at the SGPGIMS, with respect to current thinking and future prospects on surgical training.