Specialty Scoop: Learnings Behind the Success of Surgery 101 [Podcast]

March 28, 2022 | Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


Have an idea for an app? Check out this episode of Specialty Scoop and learn from the success of the Surgery 101 app.

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Have an idea for an app or a podcast but can't quite press the start button? In this episode of Specialty Scoop, Dr. Jonathan White co-creator of the Surgery 101 app advises: Keep it light, keep it tight, keep it simple, keep it super cheap. Press the big red button and just get on with it.

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Dr. Jonathan White is a professor of surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta and has been active in surgical education for over 15 years. Back in 2012, Dr. White co-created Surgery 101, a popular series of podcasts intended to serve as brief reviews of surgical topics for medical students. Surgery 101 has been downloaded more than 8 million times in over 200 countries and evolved into an app as well.

In this second episode of Specialty Scoop, host Dr. Guylaine Lefebvre, the executive director of Membership Engagement and Programs at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, speaks to Dr. Jonathan White to understand the lessons behind the success of Surgery 101 and how continuing needs assessment and engaging with your audience helps with its future content and improvement.

Specialty Scoop is a podcast series produced by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to bring different experts together to talk about breakthrough ideas in specialty medicine.

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Specialty Scoop is produced by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, with in-kind support from RBC Healthcare. This Podcast is promoted by Royal Bank of Canada with the permission of the Royal College. ©The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 2022. All rights reserved.

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