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Robotic surgery training begins at RCSI

Surgical teams have taken part in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s (RCSI) first-ever robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) training programmes, run in collaboration with Intuitive.

The programmes took place at the National Surgical and Clinical Skills Centre at RCSI and saw attendees, including nurses and theatre teams, experience hands-on training on the da Vinci Xi surgical system, provided by Intuitive, the pioneer of robotic-assisted surgery.

The inclusion of robotic training is among several innovative initiatives being introduced within RCSI’s surgical training programme, aiming to enhance the surgical skills and competency training delivered for surgical trainees.

The training programme gave attendees the opportunity to better understand the handling, care, and integration of Intuitive systems, instruments, accessories, and technology.

Professor Laura Viani, President, RCSI, said “This workshop marks the beginning of robotic surgical training at RCSI. The evidence shows that certain procedures will see better patient outcomes when the procedure is delivered using robotic platforms. Our goal is to further advance the availability of minimally invasive surgery by ensuring surgeons have the necessary skills. We are delighted to collaborate with Intuitive to deliver a workshop which will help equip surgical trainees with advanced technological robotic skills to meet the demands of an ever-changing surgical environment.”

Pictured are urology surgical trainees Dr Claire O’Connell and Dr John O’Kelly taking part in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s first-ever robotic-assisted surgery training programme, run in collaboration with Intuitive. The training is aimed at further increasing the availability of minimally invasive surgery for patients by giving surgical trainees the opportunity to develop advanced technological robotic skills. Photography: Conor Healy / Picture It Photography

Kieran Ryan, Managing Director at RCSI Surgical Affairs said: “Robotic assisted surgery is now becoming more of a normal feature of delivering surgical care for certain procedures and over the coming years the number of these procedures will increase dramatically. Innovation is at the centre of RCSI’s approach to surgical training and we are committed to working with our specialties to ensure that surgical trainees acquire the skills necessary to safely and competently use this technology.

“This workshop marked the first time that RCSI had a robotic surgery platform in our national surgical training centre. We now look forward to developing the training and education programme across specialties using this exciting technology.”

David Marante, Regional Director of Intuitive, UK and Ireland said: “With nearly 30 years of experience in bringing da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical systems to healthcare providers across the globe, we understand the vital role that training plays in any successful robotics programme. This collaboration with RCSI will allow trainee surgeons and their teams to receive the technology training needed to provide the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to patients with da Vinci technology.”

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