Foundations of Robotic Surgery

      Delivery method



      10 - 15 hours


      AUD $1250



      Why do this course?

      This course will introduce you to the theory and principles of robotic surgery in preparation for safe robotic surgical practice. You will be instructed by our faculty of expert robotic surgeons as well as world class aviation and medical simulation educators.

      This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. RACS Fellows, Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) and surgeons participating in the RACS CPD Program can claim one point per hour in Educational Activities. This activity qualifies for 10 Points in Educational Activities. Participation in this activity will be entered into your RACS CPD which can be accessed through ehub.

      Who should do this course?

      All doctors who are commencing robotic surgery practice including surgeons, trainees, surgical assistants and residents.

      What to expect

      This online course will be delivered in 11 learning modules that can be completed over 2-4 weeks. Each module includes lectures, instructional videos and assessments.

      Learning outcomes
      • Understand the system features of surgical robots
      • Know the steps for safe robot setup
      • Be aware of anaesthetic safety considerations for robotic surgery
      • Know the principles of good robotic surgical technique at the console and the bedside
      • Understand how to achieve robotic surgical competency
      • Recognise the importance of human factors in robotic surgical practice
      Course content

      This course includes material on robot technology, safety, robot setup and fundamental operating skills, pathways to competency and non-technical skills.

      Course structure
      This online course contains 11 modules. Click the arrow to expand the information which includes a brief overview of the modules and details of our expert faculty and presenters.
      Module 1 – Orientationarrow

      In this module you will hear from the Founder Professor Tony Costello, & Dr's Raj Nair and Caroline Dowling on why IMRA was formed and the IMRA vision for robotic education.

      Dr Daniel Costello will then introduce you to the IMRA Education Method including information on robotic vendor training, VR and 3D technology in robotic surgery.

      Module 2 – Introductionarrow

      Professor Costello details the history of surgical robotics in Australia and internationally. He provides an overview of the key technological features and some of the advantages of surgical robots. He describes current and projected robotic surgery market including emerging robotic systems expected to enter the healthcare system in the next few years.

      Module 3 – Robot setuparrow

      Dr Phil Dundee will introduce you to the da Vinci Xi surgical robot. He will provide a lecture overview of the da Vinci robot system features. You will then watch instructional videos on port handling, robot docking and instrument insertion.

      Module 4 - Anaesthetic for Robotic Surgeryarrow

      In this module you will hear from Dr Sam Costello on perioperative and anaesthetic considerations for robotic surgery including patient position and physiology.

      Module 5 – Console setuparrow

      Dr Justin Peters will introduce you to the da Vinci Xi surgical console. He will provide a lecture overview of the da Vinci robot system features. You will then watch instructional videos ergonomics and instrument handling.

      Module 6 – Fundamentals of operatingarrow

      In this module you will learn about basic robotic instruments: how they work, how they are different to laparoscopic instruments, what tissues they should be used for, and when to use them. You will also be introduced to basic robotic skills, such as suturing, knot tying, and how to dissect tissue and create planes. We will also discuss emergency undocking in this module.

      Module 7 – Assisting in Robotic Surgeryarrow

      Presented by Dr Raj Nair, Urologist – Guys Hospital London

      Most robotic surgeons begin their training at the bedside where they develop their laparoscopic skills, gain anatomical knowledge and learn the steps of procedures. Understanding the mechanics and “buttonology” of robotic surgical machines is a key component of becoming a robotic surgeon. These complex skills are learned at the bedside and are critical for safe operating.

      Module 8 – Achieving Robotic Surgical competencyarrow

      In this module you will hear from a group of simulation training experts from around the world including Dr John Lenihan – Mimic Technologies, United States & Assoc Prof Ahmed Ghazi – University of Rochester, United States

      Topics include Shadow learning, VR simulation, Artificial intelligence, synthetic organ models and new metrics.

      Module 9 – Non-technical skills for Roboticsarrow

      In this module Captain Matthew Gray discusses human factors and non-technical skills, and describes the parallels between robotic surgery and aviation training. He uses his vast experience to give three lectures on the intangibles of safe aviation. There is much to be learnt from the aviation area when it comes to safe robotic surgery.

      Module 10 – Vendor trainingarrow

      In our IMRA facility we will house different robots from different vendors. The video and instructions will help you navigate through the relevant online learning material to prepare you prior to coming in to the laboratory.

      Module 11 – Preparation for basic simulations skills coursearrow

      This module is designed to give you the preparation you need prior to coming into IMRA for the Basic Simulation Skills course.

      Course developers
      In this course you will hear from members of our Australian and International IMRA Faculty; a group of experts and leaders in their chosen fields including surgery, simulation and research. To find out more about our presenters visit the IMRA Faculty page, linked above.
      Foundations of Robotic Surgery
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      Foundations of Robotic Surgery
      10 - 15 hours
      AUD $1250




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