UroBOT: A national survey of Canadian urology residents and fellows on robot-assisted surgery
Keywords:Robot-assisted surgery, Survey, Surgical training, Surgical education
INTRODUCTION: Robot-assisted surgery (RAS) has a positive impact on the quality of care given to patients. Its increasing adoption in Canadian urology practice also influences the surgical training of residents and fellows. Currently, the lack of clear objectives makes RAS education challenging. The main objective of our study was to highlight how urology trainees perceive the importance of RAS and the standardization of its training.
METHODS: In 2021, we conducted a survey of all the residents and fellows enrolled in a Canadian urology program. The questions assessed their opinion on the importance of RAS and on their robotic surgery training.
RESULTS: The response rate was 29%. The majority of participants (67%) wished they would have a better exposure to RAS during their surgical training. Only 7% of respondents reported that their program had clear criteria to help them progress through the steps of RAS, and most trainees (81%) felt their residency program should provide them with a formal RAS training program. Seventy-six percent of respondents believed that RAS would become a core skill required by the Royal College in the future, although 32% feared it would hinder their ability to learn other important techniques, such as open surgery.
CONCLUSIONS: Our study revealed that although most respondents are interested in RAS, their training lacks standardization. Moreover, the potential integration of RAS as a core skill of the Royal College faces some important challenges, mostly due to the perceived lack of time to learn a new surgical technique.
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