Surgery 101 Studentship - apply now!

Released Friday, 17th October 2014
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Apply now for our 2015 summer studentships!

Please submit all three of the following:

1. Your resume

2. A critique of an existing episode on the Surgery 101 YouTube channel, telling us what you liked and what you would improve. This can be written or (better) in the form of a posted video response on YouTube).

3. A script outline & basic storyboard for a new LEGO Surgery video episode you would like to make. Maybe you want to make a superhero video, or something based on The Hunger Games, or some other idea we haven’t thought of yet! If you want, you can make a rough cut to show us how great you are! See examples from LEGO Surgery – Appendectomy at the following link:


Join our team January 2015 15 weeks working full-time from May-August 2015 35 hours a week + 1 week vacation (dates to be agreed) Salary: $4,500 + $ 500 travel bursary Interviews to be held:  late November 2014

Project background

The Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta is a national leader in the field of surgical education. We have created ‘Surgery 101’ a weekly podcast for medical students which has been downloaded over 1,500,000 times in 175 countries to date ( The purpose of the Surgery 101 Studios project is to enrich the Surgery 101 website with multimedia learning materials including online digital video. Influences on our video work to date include LEGO, the Muppets, Star Trek and The Walking Dead.

Our team is looking for students with a high degree of creativity, and the ability to work in a small, highly collaborative team. Students must be able to commit to a project, and work to develop their ideas through to completion. Applicants must be comfortable using digital technologies; experience in photography and video production would be an advantage. Skills in story-telling, drama, audio and voiceover, drawing and animation would also be beneficial.

Students will join our team as junior members in January 2015, and will meet monthly for training between January and May 2015. Full-time video production will commence in May 2015 and continue through August 2015.

Students will be based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and will be provided with access to professional-level cameras, audio equipment and computer hardware. Consultation and training is also available with our partners in Digital Media in NAIT. Training will be provided in instructional design and video production techniques, and students will be assisted to shoot, edit and produce online videos for distribution on the Surgery 101 website. Software utilized will include Dragonframe, Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects.

In addition to the $4,500 salary provided, a $500 bursary will be included to enable presentation of this work at a national or international medical education meeting.

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