Survey of robotic surgery credentialing requirements for physicians completing OB/GYN residency.

Academic Article


  • STUDY OBJECTIVE: To describe credentialing requirements for newly graduated resident physicians for robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery in Alabama. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study (Canadian Task Force classification III). SETTING: Hospitals in the state of Alabama in the United States. PARTICIPANTS: Credentialing authorities at hospitals in Alabama that currently use robotic surgery in the field of gynecology. INTERVENTIONS: Participants completed an online questionnaire about credentialing policies. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Fifteen of 16 hospitals (94%) in Alabama that use robotic technology for gynecologic surgery participated in this survey. All hospitals had a credentialing policy for robotic surgery; however, only 9 of the 15 hospitals (60%) had a separate pathway for physicians with recent residency training. This pathway consisted of an attestation letter from a residency program director in all of the 9 hospitals, a robotic case list in 3 (33%), and proctored cases after residency in 2 (22%). Five hospitals (55%) required a certain number of hysterectomy procedures (median, 5; range, 2-10). CONCLUSION: Robotic surgery credentialing requirements in Alabama vary. Validation of requirements in best practices for robotic surgery by graduating resident physicians is needed.
  • Keywords

  • Alabama, Credentialing, Cross-Sectional Studies, Gynecologic Surgical Procedures, Gynecology, Hospitals, Humans, Hysterectomy, Internship and Residency, Obstetrics, Organizational Policy, Robotics, Surveys and Questionnaires
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    Author List

  • Erickson BK; Gleason JL; Huh WK; Richter HE
  • Start Page

  • 589
  • End Page

  • 592
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 5