With ever-evolving trainee work hour restrictions and requirements, the ability to gain full knowledge as in years past from double or triple scrubbing advanced cases is vanishing as trainees step away from their operating tables. In addition, the fast pace of emerging best practices and a constant barrage of new technologies has even further diminished the applicability of learned text. It is therefore time to change how we deliver medical knowledge, research results and surgical instruction to the next generation. Information and communication technology is rapidly expanding; we can harness this technology as a tool to disseminate the art of the master surgeon to the next generation. We can mitigate the decrease in operating room time and the decrease in time with the master surgeon via an interactive process in which the learners can view operations—with their nuances, their beauty and, yes, their mistakes—via this new platform: Art of Surgery.
In addition to education, Art of Surgery is dedicated to making innovative ideas; ground breaking research and technologies promptly available to our readers. A new approach to a difficult problem, a better way to prevent/manage a post-operative complication, a more sensitive measure to detect cancer recurrence; each of those innovations requires observational and experimental science to define the principle, to test the hypothesis and to validate the results. Art of Surgery aims to facilitate this process by seeking innovations that provide value to learners and innovators alike. Furthermore, we believe that publishing innovative proposals, prospective research, operative techniques, and both positive and negative studies will promote important collaborations, and provoke controversies with the ultimate goal of advance the field of surgery.