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How to use the FRS Dome and Curriculum

Posted by Carl Pfeiffer on Apr 15, 2016 4:00:57 PM
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There has continuously been a need to implement a training process for robotic surgery in order to guarantee surgeons are fully prepared to enter the operating room. We developed a comprehensive robotic surgical training curriculum called the Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery (FRS) program to help accomplish this goal. Our past FRS post gives you a look into what it took to develop it, but what skills will you and your team take away after using it?

The FRS curriculum and dome trains three important skill sets: cognitive, psychomotor and team training communication skills. The program goes beyond hand skills, even delving into human interaction in the Operating Room (OR). Specific skills training surgeons can expect to develop from using the FRS dome and curriculum are as follows:

  • Cutting and suturing – The dome gives surgeons real-life practice with cutting and stitching. The outer flesh-colored skin layer and yellow fat layer with embedded vessels allows surgeons to train on the dome at all angles and practice a variety of cuts and sutures.
  • Team training – We developed a video game aspect of the curriculum that simulates the decision making that has to happen in an operating room, whether that is an issue with the robot or an imperative team interaction.
  • Navigating anatomy – The dome gives a realistic look into the complexion of the human anatomy and helps surgeons precisely navigate depth, see around curves and work with multiple layers.
  • Anticipating the unknown – Working with a three dimensional device is essential for successful training. The FRS dome allows surgeons to work with 3-D objects when they cannot see what they are repairing or cutting.

Visit our FRS dome page for more information about our dome and our curriculum, or contact us today for more information:

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