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Robotic surgery training begins at RCSI

By Reporter - 26th Oct 2022

L to R: Urology surgical trainees Dr Claire O'Connell and Dr John O'Kelly taking part in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s first-ever robotic-assisted surgery training programme.

Surgical teams have taken part in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s (RCSI) first-ever robotic-assisted surgery training programmes.

The programmes took place at the National Surgical and Clinical Skills Centre at the RCSI and saw attendees, including nurses and theatre teams, experience hands-on training on the da Vinci Xi surgical system, provided by surgery robotics manufacturer, Intuitive. The programmes are also run in collaboration with Intuitive.

The inclusion of robotic training is among several innovative initiatives being introduced within the RCSI’s surgical training programme, aiming to enhance the surgical skills and competency training delivered for surgical trainees.

The training programme gave attendees the opportunity to better understand the handling, care, and integration of Intuitive systems, instruments, accessories, and technology.

President of the RCSI, Prof Laura Viani said: “This workshop marks the beginning of robotic surgical training at RCSI. The evidence shows that certain procedures will see better patient outcomes when the procedure is delivered using robotic platforms. Our goal is to further advance the availability of minimally invasive surgery by ensuring surgeons have the necessary skills. We are delighted to collaborate with Intuitive to deliver a workshop which will help equip surgical trainees with advanced technological robotic skills to meet the demands of an ever-changing surgical environment.”

Managing Director at RCSI Surgical Affairs, Mr Kieran Ryan said: “Robotic-assisted surgery is now becoming more of a normal feature of delivering surgical care for certain procedures and, over the coming years, the number of these procedures will increase dramatically. Innovation is at the centre of RCSI’s approach to surgical training and we are committed to working with our specialties to ensure that surgical trainees acquire the skills necessary to safely and competently use this technology.

“This workshop marked the first time that RCSI had a robotic surgery platform in our national surgical training centre. We now look forward to developing the training and education programme across specialties using this exciting technology.”

Regional Director of Intuitive, UK and Ireland, Mr David Marante added: “With nearly 30 years of experience in bringing da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical systems to healthcare providers across the globe, we understand the vital role that training plays in any successful robotics programme. This collaboration with RCSI will allow trainee surgeons and their teams to receive the technology training needed to provide the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to patients with da Vinci technology.”

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