Robotics in Urology

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 by the urologic community.

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.

The ERUS Section has conducted three pilot studies to show and validate the ability of a structured robotic training programme, to allow a fellow to independently and effectively perform a robot-assisted radical prostatectomy.

E-BRUS theoretical course

This basic course teaches the use of robot surgery in urology and the basics of laparoscopy. The trainee will learn the specifics of the laparoscopic approach and pneumoperitoneum as well as the indications for the use of the robotic system.

This course helps urologists to:

  • Understand the basic principles of laparoscopy
  • Know the robotic surgical system
  • Learn the indications and techniques of specific robot surgical procedures in urology

ERUS Robotic Curriculum

After careful validation of the different pilot-studies, we have come to the official ERUS Robotic Curriculum, the first in its kind! This initiative is fully endorsed by the EAU Executive, ESU, EUSP and ERUS.

The objective of the robotics curriculum is to 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. Participants at the recognised host-centres go through the developed curriculum in a staged manner (modular training), guided by a local Mentor.

More information on the Robotic Curriculum and how to become a host centre can be found at the ERUS Education pages.