The robotic surgery program at Prisma Health was established in 2010 with the acquisition of our first da Vinci robot. In the first full year, 370 robotic surgeries were performed (most by gynecologists), and these numbers have steadily risen. With more widespread adoption of robotic technology by gynecologists and other surgical specialties, Prisma Health has since acquired two additional robotic surgery units and a robotic surgery simulator. As of 2020, we have seven general gynecologic surgeons, three gynecologic oncologists and two urogynecologists who routinely utilize these systems.
As additional surgeons adopt this technology and demand for these techniques increases in the surgical marketplace, resident training in robotic surgery is increasingly important. Our goal is to graduate residents who are ready to be granted robotic privileges if they are entering a practice that utilizes this technology.
All OBGYN resident participate in the Robotic Surgery curriculum. The curriculum includes basic (mandatory) and advanced (optional) pathways. As part of the basic pathway, all interns complete dry lab training to learn the basic elements of the technology and become proficient in docking the robot. Residents then complete training modules on the robotic simulator to learn operation of the camera and robotic arms. All residents participate in at least ten cases as bedside assistant or first assistant. Those who choose to complete the advanced pathway perform additional simulation modules and complete fifteen additional robotic cases as surgeon. Upon successful completion of the advanced pathway, residents are provided a letter from Prisma Health recommending them for robotic privileges. The graduate may then include this letter when they apply for medical staff privileges at their new institution.