Evidence based practice: Should robotic training and simulation be introduced early in the surgical training curriculum

Rationale for research question:

The choices you made in the operating room affect your patient’s life. Robotic surgery should enhance a surgeon’s ability and help make better-informed decisions. Robotic systems give precision, flexibility, and control to perform many types of procedures, while offering real-time feedback so the surgeon can operate with confidence. These smart systems and instruments are central to Intelligent Surgery, and are developed with the goals of reducing variability in surgery and delivering better overall surgical care.

However currently the Royal College of Surgeons training curriculum does not offer robotic surgery as a skill set all surgeons should acquire during their training. With the only robotics company now off patent, several players have entered the market offering cheaper and attractive options. This will result in an explosion in provision of robotic surgery across the surgical specialities with the NHS.

We therefore look at the evidence in the impact in offering robotic surgery early in training as opposed to current practise where it is only taken up by trainees at the end of their training or as consultants

Search strategy: Surgical trainees, Robotic surgeons, Minimal access surgery, surgical curriculum ( ISCP) core surgical training, specialist surgical training,