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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Lecs are too good makes it easier for me to understand and I’m doing good in my exams
By Anar R. on 13. June 2022 for General Surgery

The lecs are very well explained and makes it a lot easier to understand the concept well

The all general surgery part
By Mukendi B. on 04. April 2022 for General Surgery

4 it is my marks regarding this general surgery part starting from the interface system, very nice and briefly reviewed of each chapter which makes this surgery part lovely

Great lecture!
By Michele T. on 01. April 2022 for Pheochromocytoma

Brief and easy-to-follow introduction to pheochromocytoma. Very clearly presented with great visual aids!

Overall not bad
By Ayman E. on 28. February 2022 for General Surgery

I would like to have more depth on the clinical presentations and differential diagnosis as well as more information about the Therapie plans, decision making and type of surgeries. It would also be perfect since it is an online education platform to add an optional Real Operations Videos for e.g. for Appendectomy or Whipple OP or …etc.