Implementation and evaluation of a novel subspecialty society fellows robotic surgical course: the SGO minimally invasive academy surgical curriculum.

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of a society-based robotic surgery training program for fellows in gynecologic oncology. METHODS: All participants underwent a 2-day robotic surgery training course between 2015-2017. The course included interactive didactic sessions with video, dry labs, and robotic cadaver labs. The labs encompassed a wide range of subject matter including troubleshooting, instrument variation, radical hysterectomies, and lymph node dissections. Participants completed a pre- and post-course survey using a 5-point Likert scale ranging from "not confident" to "extremely confident" on various measures. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS Statistics v. 24. RESULTS: The response rate was high with 86% of the 70 participants completing the survey. Sixteen (26.7%) of these individuals were attending physicians and 44 (73.3%) were fellows. In general, there was a significant increase in confidence in more complex procedures and concepts such as radical hysterectomy (p=0.01), lymph node dissection (p=0.01), troubleshooting (p=0.001), and managing complications (p=0.004). Faculty comfort and practice patterns were cited as the primary reason (58.9%) for limitations during robotic procedures followed secondarily by surgical resources (34.0%). CONCLUSION: In both gynecologic oncology fellows and attendings, this educational theory-based curriculum significantly improved confidence in the majority of procedures and concepts taught, emphasizing the value of hands-on skill labs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boitano, TKL; Smith, HJ; Cohen, JG; Rossi, EC; Kim, KH

Published Date

  • March 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 2

Start / End Page

  • e26 -

PubMed ID

  • 33470068

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7930459

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2005-0399

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3802/jgo.2021.32.e26


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Korea (South)