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Christopher M. SchlachtaDivision HeadSt. Michael's HospitalSchlachta, C., Asst.ProfDepartment of Surgery » General Surgery » Faculty » C. M. Schlachta Christopher M. Schlachta
University of Toronto Surgery Newsletter April/May 2000
Dr. Christopher M. Schlachta joined the surgical staff at St. Michael's Hospital on July 1, 1999.Chris is originally from Montreal where he worked as a software engineer to support his university education.He obtained his BSc in biochemistry with first class honours from McGill University, along with the university scholar designation.He went on for his MDCM from McGill, on an entrance scholarship.During this time he acquired an MRC Farquharson Research Scholarship, Ciba-Geigy Scholarship, and the Upjohn Achievement Award, all for outstanding research.Chris completed a straight surgical internship at the Toronto General Hospital in 1991 and his residency in general surgery at the University of Western Ontario in 1996.In London, he received a Physicians Services Incorporated (PSI) Award for research.Chris returned to Toronto in 1997 for a 2 1/2 year fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Wellesley Central Hospital.He also obtained a certificate in community health, clinical epidemiology and health care research stream, from the University of Toronto.Following his fellowship, Chris was asked to join the staff at St. Michael's Hospital, where it is felt that his surgical skill, clinical epidemiology training, and computer interests will make him a formidable addition to the Minimal Access Therapeutics Program and the minimally invasive surgery team.
Web Site Looks To Expand Surgical Skills, Knowledge
"It's a very ambitious project," commented Christopher M. Schlachta, MD, a general surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, and a lecturer in general and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine."The WeB-Surg site has the potential to become a vast resource for the public, established surgeons and surgical students at all levels of training.The use of multimedia in surgical education has sorely lagged behind the rest of the online world, possibly due to fears that the message might be lost in the media."The ability to continuously update the content of the site is one of the main features of WeB-Surg, according to Anne-Laure Bailly, MD, PhD, the medical coordinator of the site.In fact, when describing a new surgical method or technology, contributing authors must commit to updating their contributions as new data becomes available."These updates can be as simple as an addendum to the original document, such as a video or a chart of statistics, or can take the form of more detailed modifications to reflect changes in technique or long-term analysis," she explains.Dr. Schlachta contends that such input is absolutely necessary if the site is not to be seen as yet another online promotional vehicle for the manufacturers of surgical equipment that already clutter the Internet."Accountability and balance require disparate opinions," Dr. Schlachta told General Surgery News."The success of WeB-Surg will depend on its ability to ensure appropriate and credible peer review of its content.A major pitfall of the Internet as a medical resource has been the inability to regulate the quality of online productions.Anyone can have a Web site and say anything they want to on it," he says.
Christopher M. Schlachta , MD , a general surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital , Toronto , and a lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine , told Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News that the hand-assisted Roux-en-Y procedure represents an interesting development in the evolution of laparoscopic surgery.A hand-assisted approach is probably a step back in the development of minimally invasive surgery , because it means going back to relatively larger incisions , said Dr. Schlachta.However , advanced laparoscopic surgery is difficult to perform.If taking a step back makes these procedures more attainable , that may ultimately benefit a greater number of patients..–William M. JohnstonThis article is derived from the McMahon Archives.
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