The Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery is a multi-specialty, technical skills competency based curriculum teaching surgeons to safely and efficiently perform basic robotic-assisted surgery. The curriculum is divided into four modules, including:
A technological revolution occurred with the introduction of laparoscopy and other minimally invasive surgeries. This curriculum provides a primer for surgeons who choose to pursue robotic surgery.
This module contains the cognitive skills required to conduct safe and successful robotic procedures in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative phases.
The psychomotor skills curriculum was developed by international experts in robotic surgery through multiple consensus conferences. It is designed to train and assess the proficiency of surgeons interested in performing robotic surgery.
The use of a robotic system creates unique demands, which are beyond those demands in open and laparoscopic surgery. The principle difference is the physical separation of the primary surgeon from the patient, the operative team members and operative site. The result is that the surgeon must rely even more upon team participation and clear, unambiguous communication with team members.
After each module there is a summative assessment and report of your performance. Examples of the modules will be provided in the subsections.
Note: The intent is to create a curriculum that is device-independent and specialty independent. This is admittedly difficult given the single approved surgical robot system at this time. Therefore, significant attention is being paid to basic robotic principles that is device-agnostic in order to be applicable to the development of future robotic surgery systems and simulators.