Young physicians take over controls to learn robotic surgery

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UCLA’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology and Surgical Science Laboratory are holding UCLA’s first-ever, grand scale robotic surgical training sessions. Nearly 60 residents, fellows and junior faculty from various surgical specialties and hospitals are attending the two-day event, which concludes today. 

The young doctors from general surgery, gynecology, urology, head and neck, and thoracic surgery are taking part in simulation sessions using advanced trainers and Da Vinci surgical robots in order to learn and hone their skills in this expanding area of medicine.

The trainees are learning this advanced form of minimally invasive surgery with the help of senior UCLA physicians, assisted by industry trainers, and using robots and other equipment from Intuitive Surgical, Mimic Technologies, SurgiQuest and others. The trainees come from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center; Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Cedar Sinai hospitals, among other institutions.