Robotic surgery in gynecologic oncology fellowship programs in the USA: a survey of fellows and fellowship directors.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • BACKGROUND: In order to understand how robotic surgery impacts gynecologic oncology fellowship training and surgical practices, a survey of fellows and fellowship directors was conducted. METHODS: Questionnaires designed to determine the prevalence, application, and acceptance of robotics were sent to fellows and fellowship directors in approved U.S. programs. RESULTS: Of the respondents, 95% have a robot at their institution and 95% utilize it. Most responding fellowship directors (70%) reported that fellow education is enhanced by robotic surgery. Most fellows (65%) who responded feel comfortable using the robot, and 94% plan on performing robotic surgery upon completion of fellowship training. CONCLUSIONS: This survey demonstrates that robotic surgery is utilized in the majority of responding gynecologic oncology fellowship programs for a wide array of indications. Fellowship directors and fellows-in-training generally have a favorable view of this evolving technology. Based on these responses, robotic surgery will play an increasingly important role in the future.
  • Keywords

  • Fellowships and Scholarships, Female, Genital Neoplasms, Female, Gynecologic Surgical Procedures, Humans, Medical Oncology, Robotics, United States
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    Author List

  • Sfakianos GP; Frederick PJ; Kendrick JE; Straughn JM; Kilgore LC; Huh WK
  • Start Page

  • 405
  • End Page

  • 412
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • 4