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Welcome to Obesity 101. This is a web-based project designed to conduct a research and survey works in Obesity and Bariatric Surgery.


"iBIM" - internet based Interactive Modules: An easy and interesting learning tool for the General Surgery residents?

Azer N, Shi X, de Gara C, Karmali S, Birch DW. 2014 Apr;57(2):E31-5.

Study purpose: to evaluate the preferences of general surgery residents of learning bariatric basic knowledge and laparoscopic bariatric skills from an internet based interactive modules (iBIM) and the effectiveness of this iBIM module.

Background: The increasing use of information technology (IT) provides possibilities for a resident-centered educational approach which offers more autonomy and flexibility to the residents in their surgical trainings. A web-based learning module may allow the residents to determine the time, duration, frequency, depth, and direction of the training according to their respective situations. In our study, an iBIM aiming for bariatric basic knowledge and laparoscopic bariatric skill will be introduced to general surgery residents of University of Alberta in addition to their regular curriculum to invest the preferences and effectiveness of such an approach.

Method: Electronic version of writing consents will be emailed out to 52 general surgery residents of University of Alberta to ask if they are interested in this study. If agree with participating in the study, the residents will be directed to the website www.obesity101.ca which containing the iBIM and will be assigned user names and passwords. After logging into the website, all participants need to fill out an online demographic form which will ask their years in practice, levels of training, living provinces and work places. No actual names or other identifications will be collected. The demographic form will take about 3 minutes to finish. Secondly, the residents need to finish a pre-course test, which will test their basic knowledge of laparoscopic bariatric surgery. The test will have multiple choice questions which will take about 20 minutes. Thirdly, they will be promote to the training modules which containing the basic knowledge of bariatric surgery. The modules will be videos, animations, images and texts to demonstrate the introduction of the specialty, basic anatomy and physiology, preoperative assessment, intra-operative and post operative issues, as well as long term follow-ups and outcomes. They can review the course material as many as they want. The duration of the study will be one year, starting from the first time the residents use their usernames and passwords to login. Finally, the residents will write a post-course test of multiple choice questions as well as completing a short survey. The test and the survey will take 25 minutes in total. The survey questions are validated by a small group of bariatric surgeons form the Centre for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Data will be collected through multiple queries and the results can be exported directly to the Excel file and the Stata statistic software. The demographic and survey data will be summarized as meanĀ±SD or median (range) for continuous data and percentage for categorical data. Paired t-test will be used to test the significant differences of pre- and post-course scores for the same subject. As the sample size is fixed, the study power will be test. Personal data, such as username, email address will not be included in the analysis. This is a pilot study for the iBIM training module to investigate the preference and effectiveness of the module. A randomize control trial may be designed to further test if this approach is superior to existing training approaches in the future. Click here to review the Project presentation.