I came across this clip of Gray’s anatomy via Jane Hart’s C4LPT blog. I’ve seen a few twitter channels broadcasting live surgery from the States, this piece in the Digital Journal gives links to Twitter streams at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle who tweeted a live kidney operation last year. This episode of Gray’s Anatomy has sparked off a discussion thread on Linked In and there aren’t many voices in support of it.
I can see that there could be educational value in this, but is Twitter the most appropriate tool for this? Wouldn’t a private channel be more appropriate than a public broadcast via Twitter. Whilst I think Twitter can be used in teaching I’m not sure that I’ll be pushing for it to be used to tweet live surgery.
Doctor Bailey introduces Twitter as a learning tool to broadcast surgeries over the internet. The chief on the other hand, is not very happy about the idea. At least not at first.