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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 121-123

Inclusion of competencies pertaining to robotic surgery in the medical curriculum: Scope, need, and considerations


1 Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jss.jss_31_21

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Robotic surgery has started to emerge as one of the effective and sought-after approaches in the field of surgery in the last couple of decades. The quick adoption and propagation of robotic surgery is primarily because of the numerous benefits attributed to the same. The purpose of the current review was to explore the inclusion of competencies pertaining to robotic surgery within the undergraduate and postgraduate medical curriculum. An extensive search of all materials related to the topic was carried out in the PubMed search engine and a total of 16 articles were selected based upon the suitability with the current review objectives and analyzed. In the current set-up, the majority of the medical colleges don't offer much to their undergraduate or postgraduate surgical residents in terms of exposure to robotic surgery. However, considering that sooner or later, every future medical student or resident will have an encounter with a patient who has already undergone a robotic surgery or will be undergoing the same, we have to ensure formal introduction in the teaching curriculum. In conclusion, the future of robotic surgery is changing and it is finding numerous applications in different surgical streams. Acknowledging the scope of the same, as medical educators, it is our responsibility to introduce in the curriculum, provide adequate number of learning opportunities and supplement with periodic assessments for a better patient care.


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