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Training to Revolutionize Robotic Training Standards with the FRS Dome

Posted by Carl Pfeiffer on Jun 17, 2015 11:00:00 AM
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Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery training system

As robotic-assisted procedures increase in the field of minimally invasive surgery, proper training and certification for surgeons is imperative. Surgeons have to overcome a new learning curve to acquire the technical skills associated with using the robotic system. Specialty specific curricula have been developed, but until recently no standardized training or assessment for basic robotic skills existed. To fill this gap, the Nicholson Center has developed an online curriculum and corresponding psychomotor skills device, known as the FRS dome, as part of the Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery (FRS).  

The dome integrates the seven core FRS exercises in a portable, storable and reusable device that includes layers simulating skin and fat. Designed with the assistance of leading surgeons, the three-dimensional device allowsrobotic surgery trainees a safe and realistic environment to practice surgical techniques such as cutting and suturing, as well as a standardized means of assessing their skills.

The dome is part of a curriculum designed to improve the training of robotic surgeons, which may become the future of training and certification of robotic surgery across the globe. The Nicholson Center offers basic robotic training using this device at the Celebration location, in addition to selling the FRS dome to academic hospitals. Learn more about the FRS dome or our curriculum online today.

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