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Fundamentals of Robotic Gynecological Surgery (FRGS)
The mission of the Fundamentals of Robotic Gynecologic Surgery (FRGS) is to create and develop a validated gynecology specialty-specific, technical skills competency based curriculum for surgeons to safely and efficiently perform basic gynecologic robotic-assisted surgery. Twenty-four robotic experts, educators and researchers representing ACOG, CREOG, AAGL, SGO, AUGS, ASRM, SGS, AMA, JCAHO and the Robotic Training Network participated in a consensus conference covering. Dr. Jeffrey Levy, CEO of CaseNetwork and Dr. Martin Martino were co-chairman of the consensus conference that covered the following topics:
- Measures Working Groups
- Skills for Gynecologic Surgery
- Measurement Methods
- Tasks to Assess Technical Skills
- Curriculum Development Working Groups
- Group 1: Didactic Instructions for Gynecologic Robotic Surgery
- Group 2: Psychomotor Skills Curriculum: Gynecologic Procedures
- Group 3: Team Training and Communication Skills
- Consensus Report
- Validation Method Discussion
- Credentialing and Transparency Discussions
A full education and training curriculum resulted from the conference.
- CaseNetwork organizing and facilitating the consensus conference
- CaseNetwork helped create the didactic curriculum
- CaseNetwork developing all of the multimedia for the educational program
- CaseNetwork is helping develop a physical model for psychomotor training
- CaseNetwork is liaising with simulation companies to develop with Virtual Reality surgical simulations for psychomotor training
- CaseNetwork will host the final curriculum using their platform and administer the program to Ob/GYN physicians interested in performing robotic surgery.
- CaseNetwork will provide assessments measuring the proficiency
- CaseNetwork will monitor and revise pertinent content with the approval of the Ob/GYN governing societies as new evidence and best practices become available.
- The FRGS is expected to be completed in late 2014 and validated in 2015