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American Association for Thoracic Surgery Graham Foundation Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship
To enable general thoracic surgeons an advanced training opportunity in Robotic surgery.
The AATS Graham Foundation Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship provides an advanced educational experience for 8 North American general thoracic Fellows and their attending surgeons to spend a two-day period at Intuitive Surgical’s Atlanta, GA facility to experience an advanced training course on Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci System. Successful applicants will receive a mixture of didactic and hands-on lectures to maximize the value of the Fellowship.
The Fellowship is funded and administered by the AATS Graham Foundation and provides successful applicants a grant of $2,500 to defray the costs of roundtrip travel and accommodations to the center in Atlanta, GA.
To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
Applicants should be a senior Fellow in thoracic surgical training or a young junior faculty member in the first five years of an academic appointment.
The attending surgeon joining the fellow should have reached a senior level position in thoracic surgery and has quarterly or monthly robotics minimum case volume.
To be completed prior to attending the 2-day course
Da Vinci Technology Online Modules:
Complete a set of interactive online modules covering the basic design and operation of the da Vinci system
Da Vinci Technology Overview In-Service:
In-person overview of the system conducted at the hospital by an Intuitive CSR (clinical sales representative)
Da Vinci Technology Skills Drills with Kit/Simulator:
Hands-on practice with the system, either with a physical skills drill kit, or a virtual reality skills simulator (pending hospital ownership of this device)
Two Full Length Procedure Video Reviews:
Review of procedure videos, available on Intuitive website
To be completed at the 2-day course:
Off Site da Vinci Technology Training. One-day cadaveric training course run at an Intuitive Surgical training facility
Includes instruction on patient positioning, port placement, system docking, and use of the system to perform basic surgical maneuvers (note, this training does not include instruction on surgical procedures)
To be completed after the 2-day course:
Upon returning to home center, Fellows should have 5-6 meaningful robotic console times to complete post one-year of training.
The deadline to submit applications for the Fellowship will be May 1st, 2014 with applicants being notified of the final decision no later than June 1st. In addition to a formal online application, candidates will be required to upload the following materials:
Curriculum Vitae from both the Applicant and Attending
Letters of support from both their current attending surgeon and future department chair or division chief
One to two page narrative to include: 1) outline of plans for the duration of stay at secondary center; what they hope to accomplish during the Fellowship; (2) the relationship of the planned study to the applicant’s prior work, preparation and professional goal; and (3) statement of future career goals.
At the conclusion of their experience a final report is required for submission to the Foundation.
Applications will be reviewed by the AATS Graham Foundation’s Fellowship Review Committee, which will include surgeons involved in robotic surgical treatments, and graded on all aspects of the award criteria.