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Boston Children's Hospital is the only pediatric hospital to offer certification for physicians in the use of the robotic equipment. We offer robotic training opportunities for physicians, fellows and residents. Protocols are also in place to train nurses and other surgical support staff in setting up robotic equipment and patient safety procedures. In addition, we offer training videos, addressing a wide range of procedures and conditions.

At the hospital's new 800,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art research building, a robot is dedicated to helping surgeons develop and perfect new robotic procedures and surgical techniques before they are applied to patients. This training also includes emergency simulation in which real-life operating room situations are presented to help medical professionals gain proficiency on the robotic equipment.

Target audience

A course has been developed for surgeons who are interested in learning techniques for performing robot-assisted laparoscopic reconstructive and extirpative procedures. The techniques demonstrated are applicable to various surgical fields such as pediatric urology, adult urology, gynecology, cardiac surgery, otolaryngology and general surgery. The training is based on didactics, videos, surgery observation and hands-on animal laboratory sessions. Basic laparoscopic skills are highly recommended as a prerequisite for our courses.

Course objectives

  • understand principles used in robot-assisted procedures
  • become familiar with robot setup and instrumentation
  • learn to select patient position and surgical approach
  • learn robot-assisted intracorporeal suturing and knot-tying
  • learn to make reconstructive procedures more efficient

The faculty, all with extensive experience in robot-assisted laparoscopic reconstructive and extirpative procedures, will conduct a live operation and run didactic and laboratory sessions to teach general principles used. A hands-on animal laboratory session will help participants practice and adapt these principles to their area of surgical expertise. All participants will be trained in the following:

  • procedure pre-planning
  • room setup
  • patient preparation and positioning
  • intra-corporeal suturing and knot-tying
  • "tricks of the trade" tips for efficient surgery

Example of course agenda

Day 1

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.

Program overview/objectives

8:45 to 10:30 a.m

System overview and preparation

10:30 a.m. to noon

Surgical skill (inanimate models)

Noon to 1 p.m.

Didactics on port placement and safety

1 to 3:45 p.m. 

Laboratory session (porcine model) 

3:45 to 4 p.m. 


4 p.m. 


Day 2

6:30 to 7:15 a.m.

Pre-op planning Nursing setup

7:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Case Observation

12:30 to 1 p.m.


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