Fifteen leading hospitals participate in Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery validation trial for final step in developing standardized robotic training curriculum
With an overarching goal to improve patient outcomes and equip surgeons with optimal, standardized training curriculum, the Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE) hosted a two-day kick off meeting at the world-renowned Florida Hospital Nicholson Center with fifteen of the world’s leading medical institutions to conduct its Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery (FRS) validation trial.
FRS institution representatives practice hands-on curriculum using the Nicholson Center simulation equipment surgery.
“Our mission is to ensure that physicians who utilize cutting-edge surgical technologies deliver the highest quality of care and improved outcomes for their patients, “ said ISE board member Dr. Jeffery Levy. “The FRS represents a revolutionary step towards achieving this goal.”
“We are incredibly proud to be a partner in leading these efforts to create an extensive online curriculum and a unique and innovative testing device for robotic surgeons. This week begins the final step of validating these products with fifteen of the world’s best medical colleges,” said Dr. Roger Smith, Chief Technology Officer for the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center. “The cooperation of these professionals has been truly impressive. All of them are focused on reaching this milestone in improving robotic surgical outcomes.”
The kick off meeting included hands-on simulation sessions in Nicholson’s state-of-the-art labs combined with an overview of the study requirements and concluded with a luncheon featuring remarks from Susannah Randolph, district director for Congressman Alan Grayson.
“Congressman Grayson was proud to have helped secure $4.2 million in federal grant money to fund a Global Center of Excellence in Medical Robotics and Simulation at the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement (NCSA),” said Randolph. “This weekend’s gathering of top robotic surgeons as part of the Institute for Surgical Excellence’s FRS validation study is revolutionary for the field. Congressman Grayson is thrilled that the funding that the NCSA received is being leveraged to insure that the future of robotic surgery and training for new surgeons will reach new heights.”
The FRS was established with a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense and Intuitive Surgical and has been working for over two years to develop a curriculum that imparts critical knowledge necessary to perform robotic surgery and evaluates a surgeon’s proficiency in understanding and performing fundamental skills and tasks. The validation study is the final, and most critical step in completing and vetting the program.
About the Institute for Surgical Excellence
The Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE) is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization dedicated to improving surgical care and patient outcomes. ISE’s mission is to support the implementation of safer solutions to complex surgical interventions, often involving the application of emerging technologies. ISE utilizes a systems-based approach to bring together key stakeholders to identify issues, set clearly defined goals, facilitate collaboration, assess and fill gaps, and better inform healthcare consumers. For more information about ISE, visit www.surgicalexcellence.org.