Robotics Training Program

Studies suggest that it takes at least 80 cases to become proficient at robot-assisted surgery; the average surgeon does just 12 cases a year.

What’s missing is the expertise and experience of the surgeon—and a good training environment. While practice does make perfect, the early learning curve must be reduced without jeopardizing the safety and welfare of patients.

RPCI’s training center features:

  • A weeklong program (FDA mandates only a weekend training program for proficiency).
  • Global training accreditation in robot-assisted surgery from the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU).
  • One-on-one training, not just for individual surgeons – but also for every member of the surgical team, including nurses and technicians.
  • Allowing trainees to practice and perfect their robotic surgical skills in the virtual space (RoSS) before hands-on training involving patients.
  • Ongoing education to medical students, residents and fellows at the physician level; as well as physician assistants and operating room nurse trainees.

A focused remedial program is also offered to hospitals that have had difficulty fully establishing a robotics program. Teams undergo three days of training at RPCI before returning to their home institutions, where a robotic surgeon from RPCI, along with RPCI’s head robotic surgical nurse, spend two days assisting with two robotic surgeries.

About RoSS (Robotic Surgery Simulator)

Like a flight-simulator for pilots, the RoSS allows surgeons to practice their skills before taking off. Ross is the world’s first robot-assisted surgical simulator that accurately simulates the da Vinci® robotic surgical system.

Developed in collaboration between Roswell Park’s Robotic Surgery Center and the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applies Sciences, RoSS allows surgeons to perfect their skills before actually performing surgery.

Experts predict that RoSS will have a major impact on improving surgical outcomes.