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Dr. David Farley


I have always had a passion for both medicine and education. I come from a
family of educators and I’ve always known that I can combine the two in my
professional pursuits. Today, I am both a practicing general surgeon as well
as a Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

A few years ago, having taught hundreds of general surgery residents, I
realized that I have the opportunity, through online learning, to help my
students better prepare for the procedures they would perform the next day.
So, I started creating video tutorials and assigned them to my students to
review the night before surgery. After producing hundreds of these, several
of my students, interns, and fellow Mayo colleagues suggested that there
could be a much larger audience for these tutorials.

That’s when I got the idea for making my tutorials available for free to the
public. Not only could I reach more medical students, beyond my Mayo
residents, I could hopefully be reaching people interested in going into the
medical field – our doctors and nurses of the future. Most of all, I want to
help educate people about common surgical procedures, hopefully making
people better health consumers.

I was introduced to Sophia in 2012 and that’s when my vision for social
education and medicine came together. I’ve made a few of my hundreds
of surgical procedures available for free on Sophia to anyone with an interest
to learn about them. In the process, my hope is that these tutorials will play
some part in getting more people interested in going into medicine and that
they help produce not only the best medical professionals in the world but
the most trusted caregivers as well.

Professional highlights:
- Distinguished Educator, Mayo Clinic, 2002
- 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


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