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Structured and validated training programmes for robotic surgery in the field of urology
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The aim of this project is to develop, test and validate European training programmes for robotic surgery for trainees who are finalizing their study in a urology residency programme, and for qualified surgeons who are currently working in the field of urology. This is necessary because the quality assesment for robotic surgery training in Europe is not set uniform, which means that requirements for surgeons to execute robotic surgery differ across various countries in Europe. This is problematic because, as stated by the European Commission, all citizens of Europe need to reap the benefits from safe, effective and innovative medical devices. The quality of the skills of a surgeon on the use of robotic surgery should not vary across countries in Europe. To address the training needs of surgeons and trainees best, three training programmes will be developed, tested and validated. These training programmes are different in entry level, length of duration, expert level and intensity to fully meet the specific needs of surgeons and trainees. 1. Basic Robotic Skills Course: basic course which will consist of an online theoretical course and training on a simulator. 2. Advanced Robotic Skills Course : intermediate level, 5-day training course. This will consist of theoretical training and training on a simulator in a dry lab and wet lab. 3. EAU Robotic Curriculum: expert level, 6 month training programme. This programme will consist of modular robotic training in a host center. The training programmes involve preclinical and clinical components to facilitate the proper adoption and application of robotic surgery. The training programmes will be accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) which involves an expert determined, standardized educational process, including a minimum criterion of proficiency. In addition, a large scale pilot study of the three training programmes will be executed. Of this pilot study, a research paper will be published. A presentation will be held to present the project results. This presentation will be held at the EAU conference in 2017 and/or at the ERUS conference in 2018. In total, 245 people are directly targeted by the project. This is based on approximately 70 participants of the pilot study, and a total of 175 attendees of the presentation of the project results. The number of people indirectly targeted by the project however, is much higher as the training programmes are designed to train surgeons and trainees not only in the field of urology, but also in other fields of medicine all over Europe. On a national level, this project will increase the level of skills required by surgeons on robotic surgery to ensure good and properly executed robotic surgery procedures by allowing surgeons to learn transnationally. On a European level, this project will lead to a clearly defined training standard for robotic surgery in the field of urology that stimulates transnational learning. The project will increase the quality of education and training of robot surgery in the field of urology, all over Europe. The project will be carried out by the forerunners of robotic surgery in the field of urology. The European Association of Urology (NL), ORSI (BE), the University of Saarland (DE) and the Humanitas Research Hospital (IT) combined their state of the art knowledge and expertise, to develop these training programmes. The partners have a solid track-record on (1) the latest developments in urology and robotic surgery, (2) experience with the use of robotic surgery and (3) extensive experience with modern training technology. Although the urologic community is the forerunner for surgical robotics innovation, the use of robotic surgery is applied in other fields of medicine as well. For this reason, the results of this project will also be disseminated to other fields of medicine, such as cardiology and neurosurgery. Within the structured training programmes, the criteria of the surgeon’s competence before starting with robotic surgery will be sufficiently met to ensure surgical outcomes and patient safety are not compromised during the learning process all across Europe.

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