How did doctors learn techniques prior to technology and loupe cameras?

I really don’t know how doctors reviewed things before loupe cameras came along. I came out of med school not that long ago and was assigned to the surgical staff of a hospital that was in dire need of extra hands.

I participated in the surgical team of an operation my first day and was shocked that the after-event debriefing to go over the proceedings just involved still pictures taken from a ceiling-mounted camera in the corner and people’s memories.

Maybe I should have kept my mouth shut my first day, but I asked if I could bring in one of my loupe cams the next time I worked with that crew. The surgical chief just shrugged and said okay, apparently not expecting much from the rookie.

Things were different in our next post-op meeting, as they were amazed by the detail of the video I had recorded. We were able to catch quite a few different things they had no idea they were doing or not doing, and discovered a lot about the condition of the patient.

I earned some respect in the room that day, and they admitted they’ve been so busy with their work they haven’t had a chance to keep up with modern technology. ┬áNow, it is in the protocol to record procedures for training purposes and advanced learning.