The surgical e-logbook
Laurence M Ginder and colleagues look at a way to stand out in this competitive specialty
Medical students and junior doctors' development of practical surgical skills is poorly assessed because these skills are primarily taught during specialist training. Many surgeons in their enthusiasm for their craft are more than willing to teach and pass on the skills that they have honed. The Pan-Surgical Logbook (www.elogbook.org) gives a way to record this valuable practical experience in a web based database run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The Pan-Surgical Logbook began life as the Orthopaedic eLogbook in the north of England in collaboration with the faculty of health informatics at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.1 This evolved through several versions into its current form. More than 13 000 surgeons, in every specialty, use this e-logbook, and it is recommended by five of the surgical specialties in the United Kingdom and Ireland (the British Orthopaedic Association, the Society of British Neurosurgeons, the British Association