The Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery (FRS) is a joint educational program funded through a Department of Defense grant and an unrestricted educational grant from Intuitive Surgical. The grant facilitated the development of a comprehensive, education, training and assessment program for robotic surgeons. Subject matter experts participated from multiple surgical societies, surgical educational societies, surgical boards and other governing organizations. They conducted 4 consensus conferences including: 1) Outcome measures; 2) Curriculum planning; 3) Curriculum development; 4) Validation study design.
According to Dr. Richard Satava, one of the principle investigators of the grant, “The curriculum planning was accomplished through a full-cycle development process that began with the outcomes and metrics. All stakeholders were involved in the curriculum development process from the very beginning to ensure that the final curriculum and assessment methods meet the rigorous requirements of determining proficiency, meeting standards, and possibly even fulfilling certification criteria.”
On March 1, 2014, after extensive review by over two dozen world experts in robotic surgery, the Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery (FRS) curriculum was launched. It is anticipated that hundreds and possibly thousands of robotic surgeons will be training and assessed with this curriculum.
About the Author
Jeffrey Levy, MD is the Founder and CEO of CaseNetwork and is a member of the organizational committee of the Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery. Click here to see his bio.