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Mayo Clinic and Sophia Provide Medical Access, Together.

Both with a mission to provide access to free, quality educational content in a credible academic environment – The Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education, has teamed up with Sophia.

The Mayo Clinic chose Sophia to disseminate their world class tutorials on medical procedures by Dr. Farley and some of the best respected doctors and surgeons in the field, so that people all over the world can benefit from gaining insight into previously inaccessible medical procedures.

Dr. David R. Farley M.D.

Dr. David R. Farley M.D David R. Farley, M.D., has taught and trained more than 300 general surgery residents and remains committed to producing the very best graduating general and subspecialty surgeons.

His current passion is to create better surgeons in less time, with an emphasis on generating smarter, more experienced and technically savvy surgeons through the use of simulation, online learning and preemptive learning.

Dr. Farley is especially focused on the following educational areas:

  • Online surgical curriculum. Hundreds of video clips outlining how to perform a surgical procedure with post-tests; internet access with 24/7 availability.
  • Simulating surgical procedures. Avoiding the high costs of animal, cadaver and computer trainers, simpler models offer amazing practice for surgical trainees at a fraction of the cost.
  • Simulation curriculum. Academic efforts pursuing how a weekly three-hour session can enhance learning for surgical interns to generate skill competency and knowledge acquisition.

Significance to patient care

Today's learners are tomorrow's leaders. Preparing medical students, nurses and residents to become exceptional caregivers enhances the care of all future patients. When we say, "The needs of the patient come first," which patient are we talking about? The patient in our office today? Their child? Their grandchild? Good luck is when preparation meets opportunity. We need to prepare our learners to be our trusted caregivers.

Professional highlights

  • Distinguished Educator, Mayo Clinic, 2002
  • Co-Editor, Operative Techniques in General Surgery
  • Co-Editor, Contemporary Surgery
  • Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, 1997-2011


  • Residency – General Surgery
  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  • Research Fellowship – Endocrinology
  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  • Residency – General Surgery
  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  • M.D.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.S.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

Learn from the Best Medical Professionals in the Industry

MAYO: Introduction of Doctor David Farley Dr. David R. Farley M.D. - Introduction

Introduction of Dr David Farley - general surgeon at Mayo Clinic.

MAYO: Laparoscopic Cholesystectomy/ Gallbladder Removal Surgery Laparoscopic Cholesystectomy/ Gallbladder Removal Surgery

Laparoscopic Cholesystectomy (Gallblader Removal) procedure tutorials by Dr. David Farley

MAYO: Open Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery

Open Inguinal Hernia Repair procedure tutorials by Dr. David Farley