Design and Implementation of a Robotic Surgery Training Experience Logging System Journal Article

Authors: Baldea, K. G.; Thorwarth, R.; Bajic, P; Quek, M. L.; Gupta, G. N.
Article Title: Design and Implementation of a Robotic Surgery Training Experience Logging System
Abstract: PURPOSE: Residents currently log robotic cases in the ACGME system as a "surgeon" if they performed any critical step of the procedure on the surgeon console. There is no standardization as to which steps or how much of the procedure should be performed by the resident. It was our objective to establish a tool for logging the true operative experience in robotic surgery to aid in assessing surgical competency as well as curriculum development. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We propose a tool to log surgical skill progression, experience, and feedback for robotic cases. A web-based robotic experience logging system (RoboLog) was developed with procedures deconstructed to their major steps. Trainees may request the supervising attending review their performance. RoboLog provides automated summary reports to both residents and attendings. RESULTS: RoboLog was successfully developed and piloted with a total of 310 cases logged over 1 year. A reporting structure was developed where residents could view statistics on several data points such as step-specific involvement and feedback from attending staff. Detailed data on resident experience were obtained. For instance, 82% of the 151 robotic prostatectomies were logged as "surgeon", yet urethral transection had 35% resident involvement. CONCLUSIONS: Our current system for logging robotic experience is lacking given the fact that resident involvement on the surgical console is variable. Widespread usage of a logging system with more insight into step-specific involvement is needed. RoboLog fills this need and can be used to track robotic training progress and aid in development of a standardized curriculum.
Journal Title: Journal of surgical education
ISSN: 1878-7452; 1878-7452
Publisher: Elsevier Inc  
Journal Place: United States
Date Published: 2017
Language: eng
Notes: LR: 20170702; CI: Copyright (c) 2017; JID: 101303204; OTO: NOTNLM; 2016/12/10 [received]; 2017/06/02 [revised]; 2017/06/05 [accepted]; aheadofprint