The Use of Virtual Clinics in the Management of Fractures

A Narrative Review

Benjamin Hickey, BM, MRCS, MSc, FRCS (Tr & Orth), MD; Mithun Nambiar, MBBS, BMedSc; James Randolph Onggo, MBBS (Hons); Mark Whitty, MBBS, FRACS; Harvinder Bedi, MBBS, MPH, FRACS; Raphael Hau, MBBS, FRACS


Curr Orthop Pract. 2020;31(6):582-585. 

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Trainee Education

None of the articles assessed the impact of education for orthopaedic trainees with the implementation of the VFC. While there were cost benefits with patient follow-up through the VFC, it could result in trainees seeing fewer patients with fractures in clinic. In particular, opportunities to monitor the natural course of fracture immobilization and healing, as well as applying casts, with molding or wedging to correct fracture alignment, could become less frequent. Implementation of the VFC should therefore involve trainees in the screening process and follow-up of patients, so that learning can be enhanced rather than minimized.