Education and training in pediatric robotic surgery: lessons learned from an inaugural multinational workshop

Thomas P. Cundy, Erik K. Mayer, Juan I. Camps, Lars H. Olsen, Gloria Pelizzo, Guang Zhong Yang, Ara Darzi, Azad S. Najmaldin

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The introduction of robotic surgery into clinical practice brings new and specific needs for education and training. Application to the pediatric setting comes with unique considerations, warranting dedicated training resources that are accessible. A pediatric robotic surgery workshop was convened to address initial education and training requirements. The event was designed to offer an exposure rich environment for delegates to familiarize and learn basic principles in a maximally efficient manner. Pre- and post-workshop survey responses were evaluated to reflect on the quality of the educational experience and scope for improvement. Feasibility and sustainability of such events was further evaluated by reviewing various challenges encountered. A total of 29 surgeons participated in the workshop, with 7 countries represented. The majority of delegates (94 %) indicated they were “very satisfied” with the overall program. Delegates almost unanimously expressed preference and satisfaction for hands-on content. Qualitative feedback favored a stepwise and modular workshop structure, transitioning from didactic teaching to progressively more advanced training. At the basic and intermediate level, this style of event is able to satisfy initial training and educational needs. Feasibility and sustainability of such events is highly dependent on infrastructure resources that have numerous barriers to accessibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-63
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Robotic Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Education
  • Pediatric
  • Robot assisted
  • Robotic
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Health Informatics


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