The goals and objectives of the basic skills and tasks for robotic surgery are to train and assess the proficiency of the psychomotor robotic skills of the surgeon. This will ensure that only the surgeons who are skilled and well trained in robotic surgery perform such complex procedures, making the patient the ultimate benefactor. In order to perform these tasks, the following principles of the exercises were followed:
The tasks should be 3 dimensional in nature.
The tasks designed for testing should be such that they have multiple learning objectives that incorporate multiple tasks from the first conference report. The tasks designed for training will have more focused learning objectives.
Implementation of the tasks and the resultant method for teaching should be cost effective.
The tasks are designed on the physical models for the purpose of assessment. However, the VR based models derived from these tasks can be eventually used for training as well.
The physical models will be so designed that they are agnostic to any particular robotic surgical system.
Tasks should be easy to administer to ensure Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR).
Preference should be given to tasks that have existing evidence of validity.
Dr. Patel reviewing the first training model prototype design.