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A Consensus Document on Robotic Surgery; Prepared by the SAGES-MIRA Robotic Surgery Consensus Group
The SAGES-MIRA Robotic Surgery Consensus Group
Robotic surgical devices have developed beyond the investigational stage and are now routinely used in minimally invasive general surgery, pediatric surgery, gynecology, urology, cardiothoracic surgery and otorhinolaryngology. Robotic devices continue to evolve and – as they become less expensive and more widely disseminated – will likely become more frequently utilized in surgical procedures.
The leadership of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Minimally Invasive Robotic Association (MIRA) felt that guidelines for the usage of robots in surgery were lacking, and that the surgical community would benefit from a consensus statement on robotic surgery including guidelines for training and credentialing.
To accomplish this task, SAGES and MIRA assembled an international multidisciplinary consensus group to draft a consensus statement. The SAGES-MIRA Robotics Consensus Conference was convened at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City on June 2-3, 2006.
The task force addressed four distinct questions it felt were central to the use of robots in surgery:
Training and credentialing: How should training for robotic surgery be accomplished? What is the appropriate process for credentialing robotic surgery?
Clinical applications of robots in surgery: What are the appropriate clinical applications for robotic surgery; has efficacy been demonstrated for these applications?
Risks of Surgery and Cost-Benefit Analysis: What are the physical risks of robotic surgery to the patient? What financial costs are involved in robotic surgery and are these costs justified?
Research: What are the important unanswered questions in robotic surgery? What direction should future research take?
After meeting and presenting data regarding these issues in a didactic forum, the Robotic Task Force faculty was divided into 4 working groups to address these issues separately. The faculty then reconvened to review the working groups’ conclusions and arrive at a generalized consensus.
The results of these proceedings are presented in the .PDF File below
Despite many technologic leaps, surgical training has stayed more or less unchanged for more than a century. Surgeons in training have always had to gain operative experience through "supervised trial and error" on real patients. This approach makes surgical training completely dependent on the actual case load, prolongs surgical training, and compromises patients' safety.
Robotic surgery will create a new medium for acquisition of surgical skills through simulation of all operations that can be done via the robot. Surgeons can use surgical robots to practice operations on 3-dimensional, virtual-reality visual simulations and soft-tissue models that recreate the textures of human tissues through force feedback (haptics). Image-guided simulations will allow surgeons to practice procedures on 3-dimensional reconstructions of the anatomy of the actual patients who they plan to operate on the next day.
In all of these simulations, trainees can be guided through telementoring. Telepresence surgery has also been successfully used in teaching surgical skills to third-year medical students....read more
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Foundation for Surgical Fellowships
Foundation for Surgical Fellowships Leading the way for innovative surgical educators to apply the principles of advanced minimally invasive surgery in patient care. The Foundation for Surgical Fellowships exists to fund high quality fellowships in various areas of surgery, including but not limited to flexible endoscopy, minimal access surgery and other related disciplines. Through a blinded application and review process, the Foundation will identify and distribute funds to qualified organizations based on criteria of excellence. The Fellowship Foundation will promote and support the continued availability of postgraduate surgical training opportunities of the highest quality. The Foundation for Surgical Fellowships (FSF) envisions a surgical community that is better educated in advanced surgery with the ultimate goal of improved patient care. Application Process 2015-2016 Funding Cycle • Application Process Opens: January 21, 2014 - Grant Application • Application Process Closes: February 28, 2014 • Notification of Awards: Spring of 2014
Note* The FSF will implement a fee of $100 per application for 2015-2016 Funding Cycle
Welcome to American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc (AUAER)'s online Urologic Robotic Surgery Course, developed by the AUAER Laparoscopic, Robotic Surgery and New Surgical Technology Committee to address the need for a national course/curriculum in urologic robotic surgery.
About 80% of all prostatectomies in the USA for the treatment of prostate cancer are being performed with robotic assistance (Su LM. Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy: advances since 2005. Current Opinion in Urology. 20(2):130-5, 2010). There has also been an increased application for pyeloplasty, partial nephrectomy and sacrocolpopexy; and the AUAER core curriculum now includes robotic surgery in one of its sections.
However, there is no readily available curriculum for robotic surgery which includes self assessment of knowledge. Residents and urologists need a resource to obtain up-to-date information about robotic surgery of the prostate, kidney, bladder and pelvic floor. They need to learn the surgical techniques for common applications for urologic robotic surgery.
The online AUAER Urologic Robotic Surgery Course hopes to meet this educational need that will be of great benefit to trainees and urologists.
The online Urologic Robotic Surgery Course consists of 9 modules covering topics in Urologic Robotic Surgery including Fundamentals, Basic and Advanced Surgical Procedures. The Fundamentals module covers proper utilization of the daVinci robot in urologic surgery. Intuitive Surgical's Online Training System complements the Fundamentals section and is a pre-requisite for the course. The Basic section includes transperitoneal radical prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, and sacrocolpopexy surgical procedures.
The Fundamentals and Basic sections are mandatory for CME credit/hours of participation. Advanced procedures are optional and include LESS and microsurgery, retroperitoneal radical prostatectomy, pediatrics, and radical cystectomy surgeries. Each module includes learning objectives, content, video (except the fundamental module), posttest and evaluation.
The desired result from this educational activity is that the learner increases or enhances his knowledge and competence in urologic robotic surgery including discussing the surgical technique for safe and effective robotic surgery, indications and contraindications, and methods to manage complications.
U.S. Based Training Courses, Fellowships and Workshops
New York, NY, USA
June 10 - 11, 2016
Building a Multi-Specialty Robotics Team: Allied Healthcare Professionals
Date: June 10 - 11, 2016
Location: NYU Langone Medical Center
This course provides a unique opportunity for the peri-operative nurses and allied health professionals working in robotics to learn strategies for successful robotic surgery across multiple specialties from the pre-, intra-, and post-operative perspectives. Guests may choose to attend with or without their surgeon counterparts. The course will consist of 10 live moderated surgical demonstrations, didactic lectures, breakout sessions and hands-on workshops that cover areas such as optimizing efficiency, team management, assist strategies, communication, organization, positioning/safety concerns, troubleshooting, and more! There will an alternative Focused Simulation Lab portion as opposed to watching live surgery. Sign-up for the lab will be available 2 weeks prior to the event to registered guests only. Limited space available.
This course is part of the larger Second Annual NYU Multi-Specialty Robotic Surgery course, which includes Robotic Urologic, General, Colorectal, Thoracic and Gynecologic surgery tracks. These tracks focus on advanced robotic procedures among 5 different specialties. With 5 systems and over 7,500 cases performed, we will share our team approach to running a multi-specialty program. We encourage and recommend you to bring your surgeon counterparts, nurses, PAs, RNFAs, hospital administration, CRNAs, and surgical technologists. Our flexible structure allows guests to choose to attend any of the live procedures you want and you may attend the surgeon track program courses for any specialty you like.
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Napa, California. USA
August 4 - 5, 2016
2nd Advanced Robotic Urology and Prostate Cancer Update
Date: August 4 - 5, 2016
Location: Westin Napa Verasa 1314 McKinistry St Napa, California 94559 United States
Course Learning Objectives:
Robotic surgery for prostate, kidney, and bladder cancers
Medical Director, Florida Hosptial, Urologic Oncology
Professor, University of Central Florida
James Porter, MD Course Director Director for Robotic Surgery Swedish Medical Center Seattle, Washington
Buffalo, NY. USA
Roswell Park Robot-assisted Mini-fellowship.
Roswell Park Robot-assisted Mini-fellowship Dates: 3 Fellowships yearly, beginning February, May, September Duration: 3 Months Each
The Department of Urology and the Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in association with the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU), is pleased to announce the availability of a Robot-assisted Mini-fellowship. The Mini-fellowship program is three months in duration and includes laparoscopic and robot-assisted skills development, and case observership. Three fellowships will be offered each calendar year, beginning in February, May, and September.
The objectives of this Mini-fellowship are to introduce urologists to robot-assisted surgery. The education will focus on: safely learning the basics of robot-assisted surgery by training on the Robotic Surgical Simulator (RoSS) with a training curriculum and completing 16 hours of console time; transitioning the skills acquired with the RoSS to the daVinci Surgical System (DVSS); observing the surgical support team to learn about OR setup, instrumentation, and troubleshooting techniques. The trainee will also get hands on experience with conventional laparoscopic training. The remaining period of the Mini-fellowship will be spent observing cases, such as prostatectomy, cystectomy with intracorporeal urinary diversion, nephrectomy, and partial nephrectomy.
A candidate must initially contact and apply to the Department of Urology and the Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Subsequently, a candidate must apply to the SIU scholarship program by filling out the required application form, and send their CV and a letter of acceptance from Roswell Park Cancer Institute to the Scholarship Department at the SIU Central Office.
For more information and to apply for this Mini-fellowship please contact: Khurshid A. Guru, MD Director, RPCI Robotic Surgery Attending Surgeon, Department of Urology Assistant Professor, Oncology, RPCI Roswell Park Cancer Institute Elm and Carlton Streets Buffalo, NY 14222 USA Khurshid.Guru@RoswellPark.org
Celebration, FL. USA
MimicMED™. World-class simulation training
MimicMED Simulation Courses
Location: Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, Celebration, FL
As part of our strategic alliance partnership with Florida Hospital, Mimic jointly develops simulation-based curricula that accelerates the adoption of the latest robotic technologies, techniques, and surgical skill expertise. The training center houses eight of Mimic’s advanced dV-Trainers utilized for our half- and full day simulation courses, and Mimic’s innovative dry-labs help learners transition from simulated environments to actual hands-on practice on the robot. The Florida Hospital Nicholson Center is a revolutionary global training and education institute located at Florida Hospital.
The following types of training are available:
Full Day Training Courses — Earn 7.75 CME credits in a Full Day group training course at MimicMED at Florida Hospital Nicholson Center in Celebration, Florida.
One-on-One Training — Work with a certified CME proctor to develop a curriculum that targets your specific needs and earn CME credits at MimicMED at Florida Hospital Nicholson Center in Celebration, Florida.
Medical Conference & Event Training — Mimic partners with select clinical and robotic organizations to provide event training opportunities at our Mimic booth during conferences and events.
Initial System Training — For customers who recently purchased a dV-Trainer. Training will be arranged before the delivery of your dV-Trainer. This training is provided by our Customer Support team.
Yearly Fellowship in Robotic Advanced Pelvic Surgery beginning July 1st
Fellowship in Robotic Advanced Pelvic Surgery Date: One Fellowship Yearly beginning July 1st Location: Kaleida Health~Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Note: Candidates will need to have completed a four year residency in obstetrics and gynecology The fellowship is a one-year, non-ACGME fellowship designed to provide intensive training in Robotic, minimally invasive surgery for the management of complex surgical procedures encountered by the gynecologist.
The fellow will gain ample experience in performing Robotic assisted hysterectomies, endometriosis, adhesiolysis, enterolysis, myomectomies, lymphadenectomies, radical hysterectomies, Burch Colposuspensions, and sacrocolpopexies, among other procedures.
The fellow will be allowed to develop his or her area of interest. Fellows will also have the opportunity to work with other faculty members in the Departments of Gynecologic Oncology, Urology, and Department of Colorectal Surgery. The fellow will actively participate in the surgical management of patients on the Robotic Surgery Service, and collaborate with attendings and residents in the perioperative management of Robotic surgical patients.
The fellow will have access to the Robotic surgery simulator onsite, to further complement their educational experience. The fellow will also become very familiar with the Davinci robot operating room setup, docking techniques, instruments, and troubleshooting approaches. Fellows will have protected time for research, and have abundant research opportunities and mentorship. The fellow should expect to publish 2-3 manuscripts by the end of the year, with emphasis on robotic surgery. The fellow will have the opportunity to attend and present his/her research at national meetings, in addition to attending two conferences at the Intuitive Surgical site in Sunnyvale, CA. At the completion of this one year fellowship, the fellow will be prepared for a career in either private or academic practice in minimally invasive surgery. The fellowship is supported by a one year Grant from Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Interested candidates should contact Co-directors Dr. Pankaj Singhal or Dr. Abeer Eddib
Please contact Caroline Michalik, Robotics Surgical Services Coordinator at 716-568-6689 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Chicago, IL. USA
Clinical Robotic Surgery Association
As a part of CRSA’s vision to create a global network for setting the standard for robotic education, training, and clinical operations for general surgeons it is my distinct honor to direct the section of the International Fellowship Program (IFP).
The mission of the IFP is to efficiently facilitate fellowship programs to internationally exchange fellows to observe, train and educate in their field of robotic surgery. This mission will be accomplished by
Creating a centralized system where the fellowship programs or fellows could contact and be effectively directed and facilitated to be placed at an established robotic program of their field of interest
Assist exchange of fellows internationally between different programs and institutions promoting overall growth of different sub-specialties’ in robotic surgery
Possibility in future to assist with educational grants and multi-institutional yearly fellowship to promote robotic education and training globally.
Programs and fellows interested in requiring such assistance would need to fill out the IFP application (see .PDF file) to be emailed or mailed to our office.
Subhashini Ayloo MD, FACS. Director of International Fellowship Program Clinical Robotic Surgery Association 840 S. Wood, M/C 958 Chicago, IL 60607 USA
Ohio State University has a rich history in robotic surgery since the first da Vinci® robot was installed and the first robotic procedures in North America were performed at OSU in 1999. Since then, thousands of robotic procedures have been performed in diverse surgical specialties that include Urology, Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Urogynecology, Otolaryngology, and General Surgery.
OSU’s multidisciplinary robotics program has dedicated clinical and administrative staff who share their expertise with those planning to institute robotics in their practices and at their hospitals.
For detailed information on Robotic Surgeon Training Options view or download .pdf file
Duration: 12 month fellowship to run July 1-June 30. yearly
Location: The Department of Urology at MUSC, Charlston, SC
The Department of Urology at MUSC is proud to offer a one-year clinical fellowship in urologic oncology with a specific focus in minimally invasive oncology at the NCI-designated Hollings Cancer Center. There are multiple clinical and research opportunities available to the fellow throughout the year including the following:
Daily operative experience with four faculty members with various expertises in urologic oncology:
1. Thomas E. Keane, chairman and professor of urology. Dr. Keane has expertise in the open surgical approach to all urologic cancers. Specifically, the fellow will accrue a rare experience in perineal prostatectomy which is invaluable as an alternative minimally invasive approach to prostate cancer
2. Stephen J. Savage, professor and director of minimally invasive urology. Dr. Savage has over 10 years of expertise in minimally invasive urologic oncology including advanced laparoscopic cases such as partial nephrectomy, retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy cystectomy, as well as endoscopic treatment of upper tract urothelial tumors.
3. Harry S. Clarke, professor and dean of graduate medical education. Dr. Clarke has a wealth of experience in open, laparoscopic and robotic approaches to urologic cancer. The fellow will also have the opportunity to learn necessary advanced and refined techniques in prostate cryotherapy and brachytherapy with Dr. Clarke.
4. Jonathan Picard, assistant professor. Dr. Picard is an experienced robotic and minimally invasive surgeon who also is developing 24-hour access minimally invasive skills laboratory to augment training.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Advanced Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship Available: One applicant Yearly Duration: July 1 - June 30 Yearly The Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery has opened an Advanced Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship starting July 1, each year. Co-directors of the fellowship, Drs. Trevor Hackman and Adam Zanation, are pleased to offer this unique one-year opportunity, which will provide the highest quality training in the medical and surgical management of all areas of Head and Neck Oncology. This includes ablative aerodigestive tumor surgery, transoral laser and robotic surgery, endocrine surgery, skull base oncology, facial reconstructive surgery and microvascular surgery.
Applicant eligibility for the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program is contingent upon completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Otolaryngology, General Surgery or Plastic Surgery or fulfillment of the requirements necessary to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Surgery, Otolaryngology, or Plastic Surgery.
This position is contingent upon having an unrestricted NC Medical License, UNC Hospitals credentialing as an Otolaryngologist, and DEA License prior to starting the fellowship. You will be assisted in obtaining these requirements by UNC Department of Otolaryngology Human Resources personnel.
Fellowship Description The fellow will be appointed from July 1 through June 30 at the level of "Clinical Fellow" in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. This level of appointment allows for full credentialing at Attending level at UNC.
Requirements for Appointment:
Board eligible/Board certified Otolaryngologist
Valid North Carolina state medical license
Ability to begin July 1st
Position of Clinical Fellow
Salary commensurate with PGY-6 level
Standard medical, disability, and malpractice
3 weeks of vacation
Availability and support to present research at national meetings
Advanced head and neck oncologic surgery
Open and endoscopic skull base surgery
Robotic surgery (TORS)
Transoral laser microsurgery (TLM) of the aerodigestive tract
Microvascular and regional reconstructive techniques
Endocrine surgery including in-office ultrasonography
Duke University Medical Center. Starting August 15 each year.
Endourology, Metabolic Stone Disease, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery Fellowship
Location: Duke University Medical Center Starting Date:August 15, Yearly Duration: One- and two-year programs available
The fellowship program in endourology, metabolic stone disease, and laparoscopic and robotic surgery at Duke University Medical Center begins on August 15 each year.
Michael Ferrandino, MD, heads the laparoscopic and robotic surgery program, while Glenn M. Preminger, MD, oversees the endourology and stone disease program.
Currently, the fellowship program is designed to explore both the medical and surgical aspects of nephrolithiasis and to investigate techniques that will facilitate minimally invasive surgery and robotics.
The fellowship is structured as a two-year program that allows the fellow to become proficient in clinical practice, basic and clinical research, and administrative capabilities. However, we will consider applications for a one-year program.
Fellowship applicants must have core knowledge, skills, and understanding of the basic medical sciences relevant to urinary tract stones, obstructive uropathy, and other urologic conditions that can be managed with endourologic techniques.
The fellowship will encompass a combination of clinical (75 percent) and laboratory (25 percent) training, with research opportunities in the bioeffects of shock wave lithotripsy (SWL), shock wave physics, advanced imaging technologies, robotic surgical techniques, and virtual reality surgical simulation.
Duke Surgical Education and Activities Lab (SEAL), NC. USA
Virtual Reality Traning and Assessment Courses
Virtual Reality Traning and Assessment Courses
Training by Appointment only: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Duke Surgical Education and Activities Lab
Utilizing, the dV Trainer virtual reality training simulator, these courses have been designed in conjunction with Mimic Simulation, Inc to provide a curriculum that can be utilized to teach basic and advanced robotic skills. This course is designed to provide surgeons an initial skills training experience in robotic surgery skills, and to provide practicing surgeons a method of self-assessment. (This course is performed on newly released Mimic 2.0 software platform that provides advanced training modules in suturing, and enhanced scoring metrics not available in backpack simulators.)
The Basic Course is an introductory skills training course intended for:
• Novice Surgeons looking for an initial experience in robotic skills training, before committing to FDA Training • Hospitals / Medical Director’s looking for an independent assessment of robotic surgery skills for initial privileging or OPPE compliance • Experienced surgeons looking for an independent assessment of their current skill level
This course gives surgeons an initial skills training experience in utilizing the robotic system. The course focuses on teaching the basic robotic controls and instrumentation usage.
The Advanced Course is intended for:
• Novice Surgeons looking for a training experience between the FDA Training Course and clinical practice • Hospitals / Medical Directors looking for an independent assessment of robotic surgery skills for initial privileging or OPPE compliance • Experienced surgeons looking for an independent assessment of their current skill level
This course is aimed at teaching advanced knot tying and suturing skills. This course can be used by novice surgeons before initial clinical experience and by surgeons looking to learn more advanced skills.
Note: This is not a proficiency course, an assessment is generated that shows the learners’ results when compared to national expert proficiency standards. Results are intended to be used a guideline assessment.
At UIC experienced and internationally renowned physicians are performing robotic surgery every day.
Robotic and Minimally Invasive Fellowship Program Duration:one year startingJuly 1st to June 30th; Yearly Location: University of Illinois Hospital, College of Medicine
Participants: This program is for any individual who has completed 5 years in a general surgery residency ( United States, Canada, or abroad). Applicants must have superior skills in laparoscopic and open surgical techniques as well as documentation of excellent teaching skills. In addition, applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English. All fellows are selected through the matching program in Minimally Invasive Surgery. There will be two fellows at a time. Contact information
Basic Training: This course is for surgeons who are interested in learning techniques for performing robotic-assisted laparoscopic procedures in general, thoracic and vascular surgery....
Intermediate Training: This course is for surgeons who already have experience with the robotic system and need to be trained for its most advanced applications....
Advanced Training: This course is for surgeons who already have experience with the system and want to perform a dedicate two-days training focused to a specific procedure....
Case Observation: At UIC experienced and internationally renowned physicians are performing robotic surgery every day. Surgeons that are interested in starting a robotic surgery program at their institution or even surgeons that are already using the daVinci have the opportunity to come at UIC and observe the ultimate robotic techniques and approaches applied to a broad range of procedures....
The International College of Robotic Surgery (ICRS)
The forecast for robotic surgery is continued significant growth as it becomes the gold standard in surgical procedures. With well over 900 daVinci® Surgical Systems worldwide and 25% annual growth rates, the future of medicine is now found in 3D through the eyes of a robot. It is the mission of the International College of Robotic Surgery (ICRS) to teach robotic techniques in multiple sub-specialties to other teams in a highly efficient and cost effective way.
ICRS Impact on the Future of Robotic Surgery
Advance Teaching and Training
Total Team Training
The International College of Robotic Surgery (ICRS) faculty has a proven track record of robotic surgical expertise and is dedicated to sharing their experiences and knowledge in order to impact the future of medicine. As leaders of this state-of-the-art educational program, the ICRS faculty is committed to the success of their training robotic surgeons and surgical teams.
Meet the Team of Experts:
Douglas Murphy, M.D., Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta
Erin Ulrichsen, RN, MS, CNOR, CNA; Robotics Program Manager, Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta.
Ted Cocian; Instructor, International College of Robotic Surgery.
For more information and to register for a training program or course please visit
Minimally Invasive Urology Fellowship Location: Department of Urology Start Date: July 1, Yearly
The Minimally Invasive Urology Fellowship at University of California, Irvine is an Endourology Society sanctioned fellowship specifically and carefully tailored to train future leaders in the world of minimally invasive urology. This intensive year long program is designed to allow the graduating fellow to have advanced technical skills in laparoscopy, endoscopy, and robotic surgery to optimize patient outcomes with minimally invasive surgical technique. The fellowship also focuses of developing minimally invasive thinking processes such that the fellow, after graduation, can advance the future of minimally invasive urology. Research training is focused on creative and dynamic innovation, study design and execution, and proper presentation.
The fellowship incorporates all of the traditional elements of minimally invasive urology including laparoscopy, robotics, endoscopy, ESWL, and stone disease. The fellowship has, however, additionally incorporated highly skilled and well trained urologic oncologists, Dr. Thomas Ahlering and Dr. Atreya Dash, who are an important part of the minimally invasive fellowship and laboratory. The UC Irvine Surgical Education Laboratory is designed to be academically productive as well as a fertile training ground for future leaders of minimally invasive urology. Program Description
The Valley International Fellowship in Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery
Dates:Ongoing 2-3 month programs
Location: The Valley Institute for Robotic Surgery
Since the establishment of our Institute in July 2001, we have become one of the few institutions with vast experience in performing robotic cancer procedures in gastrointestinal and pancreatobiliary systems. In 2008, we initiated the Valley International Fellowship in MIS and Robotic Surgery which offers a 2-3 month program to international surgeons interested in pursuing advanced robotic cancer surgery at The Valley Hospital.
Up until October 2013, there have been 12 fellows and 9 observers from Thailand, Japan, China and South America.
Interested surgeons may contact Anusak Yiengpruksawan, M.D., directly at the following address:
Anusak Yiengpruksawan, M.D. Director, The Valley Institute for Robotic Surgery Department of Surgery, The Valley Hospital 223 N. Van Dien Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Fellowship in minimally invasive urologic surgery. Availability: One Fellowship Yearly
Location: Case Western Reserve University
Through University Hospitals Urology Institute, we offer a newly-established fellowship in minimally invasive urologic surgery. This one-year program focuses on teaching various minimally-invasive, urologic oncology surgical methods, such as robotic and laparoscopic surgery, and conducting clinical research.
Fellows will be exposed to, but not limited to, the following surgical techniques:
radical or partial nephrectomy
In addition, your experience will be enhanced by working with innovative technologies, such as the da Vinci® Surgical System and CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System. By the end of your training program, you will be comfortable in performing robotic and laparoscopic surgeries independently, and generating your own research projects.
Applicants must either be a graduate of a U.S. residency program in urology or have passed step three of the process. International applicants should meet the equivalent residency requirements in addition to being certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
We currently offer one fellowship per year. Apply Here, For more details, e-mail Academic Program Coordinator, Tamika Williams, or call 216.844.8570.
Los Angeles, CA. USA
Starting July 1, by yearly for 2 year fellowship
Urologic Oncology Fellowship Start date: July 1, Bi-Yearly for a two year fellowship Location: The USC Institute of Urology
The fellowship in urologic oncology has been offered at USC for over 25 years and has been recognized as one of the premier training programs in the country for open surgical skills. We are now expanding the program to encompass minimally invasive and robotic techniques.
This is a comprehensive 2-year fellowship in urologic oncology. Fellows will spend one year in a basic science laboratory working with one of 7 basic science investigators currently doing research on one or more aspects of urologic oncology. Throughout the two years the fellows will also be involved in clinical and animal research projects.
The second year is spent on the clinical services. The latter is spread between three hospitals – the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Hospital, the USC University Hospital, and the LAC+USC Medical Center. The fellows work directly with the full-time academic faculty on both the private and County Hospital services and with the residents and interns on each service.
The fellow will learn both open and minimally invasive techniques (including robotic) for many of these surgeries from faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in performing these surgeries.
The fellow is appointed as a junior faculty member (Clinical Instructor in Urology) and will have appropriate responsibilities to help staff basic oncology cases at the LAC+USC Medical Center as well as taking call from home. The fellows will also gain exposure to medical oncology and radiation therapy treatments for urologic cancers, participate actively in multidisciplinary conferences and work with the staff and fellows on those services on a regular basis.
Candidates for this fellowship should be eligible for licensure in California and should have completed full training in urology. In general graduates of ACGME-accredited residency in the US and Canada will be given preference. International graduates who are eligible for licensure may also apply.
We are currently accepting applications for a July 2014 start date
Intuitive Surgical’s comprehensive training program is designed to support the successful use of the da Vinci Surgical System. We believe rigorous training standards and support of our System users are essential to establishing and maintaining a successful da Vinci Surgery program.
Intuitive Surgical's grants to support Clinical Robotics Fellowships.
The purpose of these grants is to support clinical work and research in the field of robotics. The Clinical Robotic Fellowship grant program is open to any institution that has a sufficiently busy clinical robotic program to train a fellow in clinical robotic work. Awards are conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application.
Institutions with programs which meet the following guidelines are eligible to apply for the Clinical Robotic Fellowship program:
Applicant institutions should have adequate clinical robotic volume to support training a fellow to the level of an independent robotic surgeon upon completion.
Fellows are expected to spend a minimum of 10-15% of their time in research activities.
Applicant institutions must provide a clinical curriculum with clearly defined goals and objectives and evaluation methods.
Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent to Propose (LOI) as detailed below. Grant LOIs will be reviewed and ranked by an internal selection committee. Those LOIs meeting a predetermined scoring threshold will be invited to submit a full Fellowship grant application. All initial Letters of Intent to propose, as well as invited full grant applications will be reviewed by the ISI Clinical Robotic Fellowship Grant Committee and scored on the following criteria:
Sufficient clinical robotic work to support a Clinical Robotic Fellowship
Sufficient opportunity and resources for research (fellows are expected to spend a minimum of 10-15% of their time in research activities)
Sufficient mentoring to enable the fellow to meet his/her clinical and research goals
Strength of Goals and Objectives
Adequate Evaluation methods
Strength of Curriculum
Letters of intent and full grant applications will be handled in a confidential manner and will not be distributed beyond the selection committee at Intuitive Surgical. Due to the expected volume of proposals, we regret that the committee will not be able to provide detailed individualized feedback for unsuccessful proposals.
The deadline for Letters of Intent to Propose is August 1, yearly. Invitations to submit full grant applications will be sent by September 1. (This invitation will include fellowship grant application guidelines and forms).
The deadline for submission for the full fellowship grant application is November 1, yearly. Only complete application packets will be considered. Awardees will be notified by December 1. Grant monies must be used to support fellow salary expenses during set academic year.
For Grant and Letter of Intent Guidelines and Conditions Click here
OR & Support Staff Training
Intuitive Surgical's OR & Support Staff Training
Having a da Vinci® Surgery Coordinator on-site can provide tremendous benefit, facilitating surgical procedures by minimizing anxieties associated with the introduction of new technology. A da Vinci® Coordinator can be a System and clinical applications expert – with a high degree of knowledge and skill in da Vinci Surgery. The da Vinci Coordinator supports the acquisition of system knoweldge and application. The result: the surgical team can increasingly focus on surgical application and technique and less on the underlying technology.
To learn more about Intuitive Surgical OR and Support Staff training, please contact your local da Vinci sales representative:
Toll-free in the US: 877-408-3872. Outside the US: +41 21 821 20 00 in Europe or +1 408 523 2100 in the rest of the world.
Thoracic Minimally Invasive Robotic Clinical and Research Fellowship
Dates: July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Location: Western University, London Ontario, Canada
The Division of Thoracic Surgery and the Canadian Surgical & Advanced Robotics at the London Health Sciences Centre, in association with Western University and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is pleased to announce the availability of a Thoracic Minimally Invasive Robotic Clinical and Research Fellowship.
The fellowship program is 12 months in duration and includes MIS/VATS and Robot-Assisted skills development, case observership, and research.
The objectives of this fellowship are to conduct surgical simulation related research while being exposed to both advanced MIS/VATS procedures and introduced to Robot-Assisted surgery.
Welcome to the Chitra Sethia Centre for Robotics and Minimal Access Surgery
Robotic and laparoscopic surgery offer cutting edge technologies to patient care. Accurate surgical techniques translate into improved outcomes for patients.Here at the Chitra Sethia Centre for Robotics and Minimal Access Surgery we are committed to:
Pioneering specialist training for healthcare professionals
Developing state of the art surgical technologies
Ultimately ensuring patients receive the best treatment experience, the best care and the best outcome
At the Chitra Sethia Centre we are unique. Not only do we have a diverse and highly qualified Faculty of trainers, but we also have robotic surgical systems permanently installed allowing regular and flexible training opportunities for colleagues in the UK and from overseas.
Due to the unique nature of our 5 days-a-week access to the fully integrated laparoscopic gynae theatre and the da Vinci robot, we are able to offer a robotic surgical training fellowship.
• 6 to 12 month surgical fellowship using the da Vinci S Robot.
• The post is an ‘Intuitive Surgical’ recognised training programme. Subject to clinical competence and the number of cases completed, the fellow will be placed on the ‘Intuitive’ surgical register.
• The successful applicant will be contracted as an ‘Anu fellow’ by the University College Cork and will have 2 committed clinical sessions a week including an on-call night which will part fund the post.
• The fellow will be expected to assist in teaching and produce robot related research.
• By completion of the attachment the fellow should be able to operate independently using the robot.
• The minimum expectation would be to perform Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomies unassisted. Depending on the trainee’s previous experience, expectations and patient availability more complicated procedures may be undertaken e.g sacrocolpopexies, lymphadenctomies and radical hysterectomies.
• Applications are invited from senior trainees in gynaecology. Preference will be given to those trainees who are undertaking subspecialty training in Gynae Oncology or Urogynae.
• Please contact Dr Matt Hewitt Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist for further details email@example.com
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