Advanced Robotics Workshop Summary
In April, AAGL hosted the 3rd Annual Advanced Robotics Workshop for FMIGS Fellows with Course Chair Dr. Gerald Harkins. This year’s course was attended by 32 FMIGS Fellows from 26 FMIGS programs across the country. The Fellows were selected after submitting an application that included video of their robotic surgical procedures. The selected Fellows traveled to Atlanta – Norcross Georgia, to participate in a two-day intensive and interactive experience in the advanced applications of robotics in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. The course combined a day of didactic lecture given by FMIGS Program Faculty, then followed by an intensive hands-on cadaveric lab component utilizing robotic surgical systems.
Highlights of the didactic program included strategies for demystifying surgery for patients with large fibroids and severe endometriosis, surgical considerations for the obese and medically complicated patients, along with surgical and operating room efficiency We also discussed strategizing learning options regarding surgical energy and avoiding surgical mishaps. The lab was an intense experience of advanced surgical dissection and anatomical considerations applied in the cadaveric setting. Emphasis was placed on an immersive and interactive Faculty – Fellow experience in the lab.
The course was supported by key industry partners through unrestricted educational grants and we are grateful for their commitment to make endeavors such as the Advanced Robotics Workshop for FMIGS Fellows possible.
Intuitive Surgical also deserves a special thank you for allowing the AAGL to have this event at their state-of-the-art robotic surgery training facility in Norcross, Georgia. The response from the fellows was overwhelmingly positive regarding this focused robotics experience.
Pictured in header: Drs. Javier Magrina, Xiaoming Guan, Timothy Deimling, Jin Hee (Jeannie) Kim, Kristin Patzkowsky, Gerald Harkins and Arnold Advincula
Photo credit in article: Dr. Elisa Jorgensen