Local Boston pediatric urologist, Jeremy Wiygul, MD, at The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center co-founds new surgical video online publication The Journal of Medical Insight (JoMI). Dr. Wiygul is currently an Assistant Professor of Urology at Tufts Medical Center. He finished his urology residency at Duke University Medical Center, and he finished his pediatric urology fellowship at North Shore-LIJ Health System. Dr Wiygul sat down with MedTech Boston to tell us more about this innovate journal.
Nikita and I were introduced by a mutual friend. As a practicing academic surgeon, I am acutely aware of the problems in surgical resident education that are currently facing training programs. I found Nikita to be driven by the idea of influencing quality of medical care through publication of well-crafted video content, and the potential of JoMI’s approach to positively influence these issues resonated tremendously. Needless to say, I was very excited to join Nikita in starting JoMI.
JoMI is different from its competitors in a number of ways, the first of which is content quality. There are a large number of providers of surgical video content- virtually every surgical society, as well as the New England Journal of Medicine, has its own video catalog, in addition to multiple privately-run sites. However, a problem plaguing current video surgical content is its uneven quality. Publishing quality varies not only from catalog to catalog, but in many cases from one procedure to the next. That is because no one has attempted to rigorously address the unique hurdles that come with filming in the operating room. JoMI’s entire purpose is to provide the highest possible quality for the surgical procedures it publishes, which distinguishes it from other content providers, and provides an advantage in terms of product.
JoMI is also the only peer-reviewed video journal dedicated specifically to publishing all forms of surgical video content. This will also have a positive impact on the quality of the content we publish, as it creates standards for publication that are rooted within the academic communities that JoMI serves, and provides a level of credibility for those health care providers who would publish content with JoMI.
Our goals at JoMI are to improve surgical resident education and to help disseminate best surgical practices for physicians all over the world, as well as become a potential marketplace for the exchange of ideas in medicine through physician engagement. The overall vision of JoMI is a platform where physicians publish and actively curate surgical and medical content, and where health care consumers can come to make data-driven decisions about their health.
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