Introduction to Tele-Mentoring

It is mentoring and evaluation of surgical trainees from distance with the involvement of broadband connectivity, power cams, and sophisticated videoconferencing equipment. A real time and live interactive teaching of techniques or procedures by a teleproctor to a student. The teleproctor is in one location and the student is in another.

The teleproctor must have the ability to see the performance of the procedure or technique being executed by the student in real time. The teleproctor and the student must have the ability to verbally communicate during the session. Implicit in the definition of teleproctoring is that the teleproctor does not have the ability to physically intervene on-site and can therefore not assume primary patient care responsibility.