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How Long Should a Trainee Practice on a Robotic Simulator?

This is probably the most frequent question asked when people are trying to understand the impact of investing in a simulator for their robotic surgical program. Of course, there is not one answer to this question as training objectives can vary significantly depending on the trainee’s discipline, level of surgical experience, and standards set by…

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Tips to Take Your Robotics Program to the Next Level

Here are some tips that may help you take your robotics program to the next level: • Encourage your robotics committee to establish minimum credentialing thresholds of simulation performance. • Create accounts for all trainees (i.e., no training under “guest”). This ensures performance can be tracked. • Implement Mimic curriculum to test for innate ability…

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3 Ways Team Training Can Improve Your Robotics Program

In a recent blog about components of a successful robotic surgery simulation program, team Training was listed as one of the important factors. ‘The study, Teaching Surgical Skills – Changes in the Wind, published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Richard Reznick, et al., stated, “Virtual reality has the potential to enhance surgical-team training…

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The Importance of Proficiency in Robotic Surgery and the Training Implications

Over the past few months we have talked frequently about the importance of acquiring proficiency in robotic surgery. Although this may have been evident to many, the term proficient has been based on the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition. This model, developed in the 1980’s, focuses on how students acquire skills through formal instruction and…

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The Impact of Residents (and Training) on Patients

Like any new technology, a lot of focus has been placed on ensuring that new users of robotic surgery are adequately trained. Simulation has had a large part to play with this. As the technology has become more mainstream, training requirements have moved from not only training existing surgeons but to ensuring that residents and…

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Why Surgical Skill Should Matter to Hospitals, Surgeons, and Patients

By: Christopher Simmonds One of the questions I have often pondered is why do patients choose certain procedures and certain surgeons. So I conducted some research which showed that there were three clear factors that influenced patient choice. The first was the surgeon they were initially referred to. In the majority of cases, patients will…

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How Important is Simulation in Medical Training?

by: Christopher Simmonds, VP Business Development & Marketing, Mimic Technologies While Mimic has been actively focused on simulation for robotic surgery over the past 15 years, I thought it would be interesting to see how simulation was valued for medical training, in general. While trawling through the internet I came across a study published by…

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Variation in Surgical Volumes by Surgeons

A Case Study of the BAUS Audit on Prostatectomy       Recently, there has been ongoing debate around the impact of case volumes on surgical outcomes.  A previous blog post (The Cost Debate in Robotic Surgery and the Impact of Skills) discussed a 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr.…

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The Cost Debate in Robotic Surgery and the Impact of Skills

Robotic-assisted surgery has grown over the past few years with over 600,000 procedures carried out in 2015. Increasingly, the debate over the clinical value of robotic-assisted surgery is being replaced by a focus on the cost of robotic surgery over other types of intervention.  In an infographic published in 2015, the ECRI institute estimated that…

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Why Credentialing Is Vital To Robotic Surgery And How To Make It Work

Recently, training surgeons and surgical teams has been one of the focus areas in litigation for robotic surgery. Test cases have stated that the responsibility for training, credentialing, and privileging surgeons to use new technologies belongs to physicians and the hospitals where they work. (Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, WA State 2015). Dr. John Lenihan, Medical…

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