by Kevin Pei, MD

Since antiquity, the concept of a physician accessing a patient to remove diseased tissue using specialized tools has been tightly linked to the practice of medicine as a whole. It was relatively recently, during the 19th century, that surgery began to take shape as a medical specialty. Surgery can be broadly defined as the branch of medicine that focuses on the management of conditions requiring surgical intervention for a definitive resolution. Surgery is further subdivided into focalized subspecialties, with general surgery being the first to develop. Other specialties include trauma surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, neurosurgery, and ophthalmic surgery.

In this course, the student will be introduced to the basic concepts of general surgery, trauma management, and the general principles of specialized surgical management. For optimal comprehension, the student is expected to have a good understanding of anatomy and physiology, especially with respect to cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. Additionally, a good grasp of acid-base and electrolyte balance is encouraged.

Trauma and acute abdominal injuries are among the most common clinical conditions requiring emergent surgical management. As general physicians are typically among the first healthcare providers encountered by patients in a hospital, prompt diagnosis and management, sometimes simultaneously, are crucial to adequately stabilize patients before surgery to increase their chances of success and recovery.

Surgical management is now a common intervention worldwide. A competent general physician plays an important role in ensuring timely and accurate diagnosis, and in indicating the appropriate referral pathway directing the patient to the specialized care they require.

Course Details

  • Videos 99
  • Duration 7:53 h
  • Quiz questions 291
  • Concept Pages 127


Your Educators of course Surgery

 Kevin Pei, MD

Kevin Pei, MD

Dr. Kevin Pei is the Associate Chief Academic Research Officer and the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency at Parkview Health, in Indiana, USA.
After his residency at George Washington University, he was the Assistant Professor of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine for several years and obtained an additional Master's Degree in Education from Yale University.
He is an experienced educator and has received various teaching awards. In 2018, the Association for Surgical Education granted him the prestigious Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Educator Award.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Pei teaches courses on Surgery.

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Easy explanation
By Jose F. on 24. January 2023 for Spinal Cord Syndromes

Easy, concrete explanation, delivers what is needed without loosing the viewer during the video

Great lecture
By Mahmoud A. on 19. November 2022 for Acute Abdomen: Appendicitis

Updates filled in the gaps needed for the topic mentioned.

Lack of depth.
By Amirhossein J. on 11. November 2022 for Hernia: Introduction

I think the anatomy could have been explained much better. I found myself constantly pausing the video to find the specific structures mentioned in some parts.

By Nebiat E. on 04. November 2022 for General Surgery

It is very interesting one. But the number of vedios who can be freely accessible are very low. We who are living in low income countries have no the option for perimium subsribition