Dr. Vipul Patel, Director of the Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration and the Southeastern Section of the AUA recently partnered to offer a free robotic training course for residents

CELEBRATION, FL USA (Press Release) - October 24, 2011 - Dr. Vipul Patel, the Director of the Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration and the Southeastern Section of the AUA (SESAUA) partnered together to offer a free robotic training course to residents of the SES residency programs on the weekend of October 22-23, 2011.

This course commemorated the 5000th case at the Global Robotics Institute which coincided with the week of the course.

This course drew over 30 residents from 15 different residency programs within the SESAUA. It was designed by the SESAUA faculty to provide an optimal learning experience for Junior Urology Residents during their initial introduction to robotic surgery. The course was based upon an annual course that has been provided to residents of the Florida programs for the last two years at the Global Robotics Institute. The goal was to immerse the residents in two days of didactics and hands-on with robotic surgery - thereby, preparing them for their evolving robotic surgery experience in their home programs.

"This was a unique chance for the AUA under the leadership of the SESAUA to take an active role and provide this much needed educational experience for our future surgeons and stars. In addition to the direct learning benefit and the "hands-on" experience, it provided opportunity for the junior membership from the section to get acquainted and meet other attending in an intimate setting" said Raymond Leveillee, MD, FRCS-G, Professor of Clinical Urology, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at The University of Miami.

The curriculum was designed to cover the basics of robotics with an introduction to the technology. The agenda then escalated into procedure specific education that was video based, including tips and tricks and challenging surgical scenarios. The final day involved in depth video analysis of specific procedures and hands-on robotic experience.

“I believe this course provided the urology resident a strong foundation to begin their training as future robotic surgeons and I think it should be part of a standard robotic surgery training curriculum for urology residents.” said Philip J. Dorsey Jr., MD, MPH, a resident from Tulane University.

The course was taught by our expert, volunteer faculty from residency programs within the SESAUA. The hope that this will be an invaluable and exciting experience and provide a launching pad for residents' robotic education.


Florida Hospital-Celebration Health




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