Background: With the rapid adoption of robotic approaches in
gynecologic surgery, there is increased interest in developing standardized
robotic surgery training programs.There are currently no recommendations for
formal robotics training in OB/Gyn residency programs.
Methods: A 31-item survey was developed and
distributed residents in ACGME-accredited OB/Gyn residency programs
via email. Data collected included demographics and information about robotics
exposure, training modalities, and resident perception of their trianing.
Results: There were 178 participants included
with 98.9% of respondents reported access to a surgical robot. A
majority of respondents were females (82.6%) in university residency program
(57.3%) located in the Midwest (33.1%) and Northeast (38.8%). In total, 65% of
participants reported a robotic training program at their institution. The
most commonly used training modality was online modules (79.7%). Over 74% of
participants identified a barrier to completion of robotics training.
Approximately 78% of respondents reported a desire for formal robotics
training, and this was positively correlated with the belief that robotics
training is an important part of residency (r=.510).
Discussions: This study illustrates that a majority of residents are
completing formal robotics training programs and these programs utilize a wide
variety of training modalities. Residents desire such training and feel
that this is an important part of residency. Therefore, the ACGME should
consider recommending the incorporation of standardized robotics
training as part of the OB/Gyn residency curriculum.
Keywords: Curriculum Development/Evaluation, Instructional
Materials/Methods, Simulation, Technology