The upcoming EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) Congress, to be held in Stockholm on 3-5 September will include a presentation of the results from a three-month pilot project. The project aims to establish a workable curriculum for surgeons specialising in robotic urology. As a formal curriculum was yet to have been created, the ERUS believes this project has great potential in establishing robotic surgery as a major part of urology.
The objective of the pilot was to examine to what extent a structured fellowship would allow a surgeon to perform a robot-assisted prostatectomy independently and effectively. The fellowship includes theoretical sessions, skills training (dry and wet laboratories), real-case observation in a training center, bedside assistance, and mentored training at the console. This pilot marks the first time that a formal, long-term curriculum was formulated and tested with participants, anywhere in the world.
ERUS Chair, Dr. Alex Mottrie: “As the role of robot-assisted surgery in urology is growing, the development of structured and validated training programs is one of the main topics to be taken into consideration. Well-organised educational curricula, as well as proficiency-based credentialing processes are needed for today, and are of importance for the future of young urologists. Patient safety and better surgical outcomes depend on it.”