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Navigating Credentialing, Privileging, and Learning Curves in Robotics With an Evidence and Experienced-Based Approach

originally published in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology

JOHN P. LENIHAN, Jr, MD, FACOG

Abstract:   The rapid growth of robot-assisted surgery has created new challenges for hospitals to establish credentialing guidelines for new surgeons. Developing and maintaining these skills requires frequent prac-tice. Borrowing from the aviation model that requires maintaining currency and demonstrating proficiency, robotic credentialing guidelines are being developed that will enable hospitals to insure patient safety and optimal outcomes. The utilization of computerized robotic simulators will, like flight simulators, also help surgeons to maintain and improve skills.

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