Training, Credentialing, Proctoring and Medicolegal Risks of Robotic Urological Surgery: Recommendations of the Society of Urologic Robotic Surgeons

Zorn K. C. , Gautam G., Shalhav A. L. , Clayman R. V. , Ahlering T. E. , Albala D. M. , ...More

JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, vol.182, no.3, pp.1126-1132, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 182 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.juro.2009.05.042
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF UROLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1126-1132


Purpose: With the exponential growth of robotic urological surgery, particularly with robot assisted radical prostatectomy, guidelines for safe initiation of this technology are a necessity. Currently no standardized credentialing system exists to our knowledge to evaluate surgeon competency and safety with robotic urological surgery performance. Although proctoring is a modality by which such competency can be evaluated, other training tools and guidelines are needed to ensure that the requisite knowledge and technical skills to perform this procedure have been acquired. We evaluated the current status of proctoring and credentialing in other surgical specialties to discuss and recommend its application and implementation specifically for robot assisted radical prostatectomy.