Introduction to Robotic Surgery
1. Operating Room Observation (at least two robotic cases)
You will be observing robot-assisted surgeries in Roswell Park’s operating room (OR) cases in multiple disciplines performed by the best surgeons in the field. You will be directed to observe specific tasks, including the start-up of the da Vinci Surgical System (dVSS®), surgical techniques, and similarities or differences between the machines. You will be able to select cases related to your specialty or interest. Our non-physician staff will provide you with hands-on tutorials, tips and tricks of the docking process and machine maintenance, and strategies for troubleshooting common problems while using the surgical robot for the first time. Procedures include radical cystectomy, partial nephrectomy, prostatectomy, and hysterectomy.
2. Simulator (Robotic Surgical Simulator® — Full Curriculum & Hands-on Surgical Training®)
This augmented-reality simulation will guide you step by step, at your own pace, as you develop the skills you need to master safe, effective robot-assisted surgeries. With 24-hour/365-day access to the ATLAS training lab, you will have ample opportunity to perfect your skills with this new tool, which will make it easier to transfer your skills to the robot itself. The Hands-on Surgical Training (HoST®) curriculum takes you through each step of actual surgical procedures, guided by the hands of an expert surgeon.
3. Dry Lab Training (Full Curriculum)
During your dry lab experience, you will train on a dVSS® in a lab devoted exclusively to training. You will be introduced to the instruments, docking process, and machine maintenance of the surgical robot to help you successfully establish your program. The dry lab curriculum will help you transfer the skills you acquired on the Robotic Surgical Simulator (RoSS®) to real-life applications for the robot. You will complete four basic tasks, practicing suturing on synthetic tissue and completing a urethro-vesical antastomosis on an inanimate model utilizing the dVSS® itself. This dry lab opportunity will allow you to test your newly-acquired skills and your observation of the experts as you develop your own style and grow more accustomed to working with the surgical robot. As you have opted for the Introduction to Robotic Surgery certification, your assessment will consist of an expert’s evaluation of your recorded completion of the anastomosis utilizing the Robotic Anastomosis Competency Evaluation (RACE).