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Are you ready to become a robo-surgeon?

, : Are you ready to become a robo-surgeon?. American Surgeon 69(7): 599-603

Robotic and minimally invasive surgery represents the future of modern surgical care. However, its role during the training of surgical residents has yet to be investigated. A previous study conducted by our group surveyed program directors at accredited general surgery training programs in the United States to determine the prevalence and application of robotics in their residency programs. This current study is a follow-up survey sent to residents across the United States to see whether they were being adequately trained and exposed to robotic surgery during their training. A survey was sent to 1800 general surgery residents, and their responses were tabulated and analyzed. Twenty-three per cent of the 1800 residents responded to our survey. An overwhelming 57 per cent of the responders indicated a high interest in robotic surgery. However, 80 per cent of the responders indicated not having a robotic training program. Robotic surgery has led to many promising advancements within the surgical subspecialties. With this emerging technology comes the need for a greater emphasis on the training of surgeons in robotics during their residency.


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