As surgeons, we most often wage our war against disease and injury “one on one” as we strive to improve the life of each patient entrusted to our care. However, we also join forces by passing along, to our fellow surgeons, the surgical principles that we have learned during “hand-to-hand combat.” As we all know, this sharing of expertise and information has been greatly facilitated by the emergence of online repositories with powerful search engines such as PubMed Central (PMC). This is why we are so pleased to announce that JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques (EST) is now included in PMC and searchable within PubMed.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine established PMC as a freely available digital archive of full-text journal articles that are fully discoverable through PubMed. The goal of JBJS EST is to advance JBJS’s mission to improve patient care worldwide by partnering with surgeon educators around the world to provide high-quality how-to information about surgical procedures that have been verified by published outcomes in peer-reviewed journals. This is supported by JBJS’s strong foundation of peer review by dedicated experts in the field.
Recognizing that our surgeon readership is international, and that the optimal procedure may differ according to the resources available, the cultural norms, or even a surgeon’s experience, JBJS EST often publishes different ways to achieve the same objective. PMC will allow us to disseminate these valuable instructional articles as far and wide as possible. The hurdle for surgeons to learn about the optimal procedure to perform, and how best to perform it, has been lowered.
Multimedia has proven to be an excellent tool for demonstrating and teaching surgical procedures in ways that cannot be achieved with print alone. JBJS EST provides video, motion animation, author narration, and interactive 3D imagery to convey complex concepts in detail. This multimedia content will be included in PMC, and the viewing experience will be seamless on the JBJS EST web site. In PMC, videos appear at the end of the article as supplementary material, whereas on the EST JBJS web site, users simply click on a link in the body of the article and the video plays immediately in an online viewer. On PMC, users will download and open files in a separate application.
We believe that inclusion of JBJS EST articles in the National Library of Medicine’s PMC, and the fact that they are fully searchable through PubMed, both strengthen our efforts to enhance the care of patients and heighten the exposure of the work of our scholarly surgeon authors who devote their time and effort to the education of their colleagues. We encourage surgeons to contribute to JBJS EST, especially now that it is indexed in PMC. What better way to leave a legacy and achieve maximum impact than to educate surgeons in perpetuity through JBJS EST?
Disclosure: The Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest forms are provided with the online version of the article (http://links.lww.com/JBJSEST/A227).