A solicitation was sent out by FRS to all of the American College of Surgeons Accredited Educational Institutes (ACS-AEI) members on April 15, 2014. Some of the criteria for an institution participating in the validation trial include:
- Be an ACS/AEI accredited Institute
- Have access to large number of subjects
- Be able to recruit residents. fellows and/or surgeons who are novice robotic surgeons as well as experienced (expert) robotic surgeons
- Minimum of 2 experienced (expert) robotic surgeons each from at least 3 specialties involved
- Staff familiar with study design, clinical trial management and data collection
- Dedicated Principle Investigator/coordinator for this study with dedication of 10% of time to the project
- Staff acquainted with simulator and have on the spot Tech support
- Administrative support to include help with IRB requirements (at least average IRB turn-around time)
- Access to a DaVinci Si robot
- Proven academic track record in surgical education
- Minimum of 5 peer-reviewed publications in surgical education and/or simulation
According to Dr. Richard Satava, “This solicitation is to validate the Fundamenals of Robotic Surgery (FRS) curriculum, which is the culmination of over 2 years of work by over 80 experts participating in 4 consensus conferences representing 14 surgical specialties, the Department of Defense, and the Veterans Administration.” For more information, download the following files or contact Jeffrey Levy, MD at email@example.com.
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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.