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Robotic Courses for Colorectal Residency Programs in 2013-2014

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As a leading colorectal surgery center in Orlando, Center for Colon & Rectal Surgery is actively involved in education and research to train medical students, physician assistant students and international fellows in the latest colon and rectal surgery techniques and procedures. Our close, continuing relationships with professors from institutions like the University of Central Florida Medical School and the Florida College of Medicine help guide the education and advance the next generation of surgeons.

Keeping Up with the Cutting Edge of Technology

A hallmark of the colorectal training program is an emphasis on new technology. The use of minimally invasive techniques in colorectal surgery has been rapidly evolving and robotic surgery is the latest innovation garnering widespread application in diseases of the colon and rectum. The volume of colorectal robotic procedures has increased dramatically in recent years and colorectal residents are looking for programs that offer robotics training. There is therefore a need to standardize robotic training in our residency programs. To this end, we are excited to invite you and your ACGME-accredited colorectal residents to a special didactic and hands-on course sponsored by our industry partner, Intuitive Surgical.  These robotic courses are designed to teach basic robotic skills to our colorectal residents and allow the attending surgeons to exchange ideas and experiences, thereby further developing and standardizing robotic surgery programs.

Robotic Training Courses for 2013-2014

These courses will be held at various geographical locations as listed above. However, all invited attending staff surgeons are expected to attend one of the two California courses (either Aug 1-2 or Aug 19-20). All course expenses including hotel rooms, meals, ground transportation, cadaver/porcine lab fees, and faculty travel expenses will be covered by our industry sponsor. Your program is only expected to pay for your own (and your residents) airfares. Please note that if you have more than one colorectal resident in your program, one of them will join you in the designated California course and the others will be invited to the other course sites listed above (please ask your local da Vinci representative for more details on course locations and dates). The training programs are designed to ensure that you and your residents will complete the robotics course by the end of August 2013. This will allow you a 10-month period to provide them post-instruction hands-on OR robotic experiences.

Course Schedules and Locations

Aug 1-2 Intuitive Surgical Headquarters, Sunnyvale, CA
Aug 11-12-13 Hackensack Lab, Hackensack, NJ
Aug 14-15-16 CAMLS Lab, USF, Tampa, FL
Aug 19-20   Intuitive Surgical Headquarters, Sunnyvale, CA
Aug 21-22-23 MITIE and Hermann Labs, Houston, TX

The course agenda is carefully designed to facilitate standardization of colorectal fellowship robotic training programs.   You and your residents will have the opportunity to participate in several didactic lectures and extensive video reviews with faculty surgeons, and will also have the opportunity to participate in a cadaver/porcine lab for robotic rectal resection and segmental colectomy procedures using the da Vinci Si System.  To maximize the value of the training program, we highly recommend that your residents assist you in 10 da Vinci cases at the bedside and 10 at the surgeon console following completion of the course.

Objectives of the Robotic Courses

  • Train colorectal residents in the basic and intermediate skills for Robotic Surgery (both bed side and surgeon console)
  • Review the process of educating colorectal residents in robotic surgery (round table discussion among attending surgeons only) and facilitate the development of a robotic training curriculum
  • Provide an opportunity for attending surgeons to share their robotic experience and skills with each other
  • Enable attending and resident surgeons to practice robotic skills in cadaver/porcine labs
  • Facilitate hands-on experience with Advanced Robotic Technologies including Stapler, Vessel Sealer, Firefly Imaging and Skills Simulator

The following fellowship programs are cordially invited to participate in these courses with their 2013-2014 ACGME-accredited colorectal residents:

  • University of California, Irvine, CA
  • St Francis Hospital and Med Center, Hartford, CT
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Swedish Colon, Seattle, WA
  • St Joseph Mercy's Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Minnesota Hospitals, MN
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
  • University of Louisville, KY
  • Adv Lutheran/Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, IN
  • MSK/New York Presbyterian/Cornell/Columbia, NY
  • Grand Rapids/Michigan State, MI
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida, FL
  • Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL
  • Barnes Jewish Wash U, St Louis, MO
  • Lahey Clinic, Boston, MA
  • Cleveland Clinic Ohio, OH
  • Grant-Riverside Methodist Hospitals-Riverside Campus, OH
  • Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • University Hosp-University of Med/Dentistry of NJ
  • North Shore LIJ, Great Neck, NY
  • University of Texas Hospitals, Houston, TX
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA
  • Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
  • Baylor University Med Center, Dallas, TX

We look forward to your participation in these robotic courses and hope to get together with you in August. If you are able to participate, please send an e-mail to with your confirmation of attendance, your email address, your residents’ names and email addresses (please also designate which resident will be accompanying you for the California course if you have more than one resident)

See you in August in California!

Signed By:

Dr. Jorge Marcet, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Robert Cleary, St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Amir Bastawrous, Swedish Colon and Rectal, Seattle, WA, Fellowship Program Director