Expert consensus on a train-the-trainer curriculum for robotic colorectal surgery

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Gómez Ruiz M, Alfieri S, Becker T, Bergmann M, Boggi U, Collins J, Figueiredo N, Gögenur I, Matzel K, Miskovic D, Parvaiz A, Pratschke J, Rivera Castellano J, Qureshi T, Svendsen LB, Tekkis P, Vaz C
Journal: Colorectal Disease
Publication year: 2019
ISSN: 1462-8910


Aim: Robotic techniques are being increasingly used in colorectal surgery. There is, however, a lack of training opportunities and structured training programmes. Robotic surgery has specific problems and challenges for trainers and trainees. Ergonomics, specific skills and user–machine interfaces are different from those in traditional laparoscopic surgery. The aim of this study was to establish expert consensus on the requirements for a robotic train-the-trainer curriculum amongst robotic surgeons and trainers. Method: This is a modified Delphi-type study involving 14 experts in robotic surgery teaching. A reiterating 19-item questionnaire was sent out to the same group and agreement levels analysed. A consensus of 0.8 or higher was considered to be high-level agreement. Results: Response rates were 93–100% and most items reached high levels of agreement within three rounds. Specific requirements for a robotic faculty development curriculum included maximizing dual-console teaching, theatre team training, nontechnical skills training, patient safety, user–machine interface training and telementoring. Conclusion: A clear need for the development of a train-the-trainer curriculum has been identified. Further research is needed to assess feasibility, effectiveness and clinical impact of a robotic train-the-trainer curriculum.

Additional Organisation
Chirurgische Klinik

External institutions with authors

Champalimaud Foundation / Fundação Champalimaud
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
CUF Infante Santo Hospital
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS
Hospital Universitario de Marqués de Valdecilla (HUMV)
Karolinska Institute
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
St. Mark's Hospital
Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH)
University of Pisa / Università di Pisa (UniPi)
Zealand University Hospital

How to cite

Gómez Ruiz, M., Alfieri, S., Becker, T., Bergmann, M., Boggi, U., Collins, J.,... Vaz, C. (2019). Expert consensus on a train-the-trainer curriculum for robotic colorectal surgery. Colorectal Disease.

Gómez Ruiz, M., et al. "Expert consensus on a train-the-trainer curriculum for robotic colorectal surgery." Colorectal Disease (2019).


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