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New Graduates of the European Academy of Robotic Colorectal Surgery (EARCS)

Certificate Competence



New Graduates of the European Academy of Robotic Colorectal Surgery (EARCS)                                                             


Today, the European Academy of Robotic Colorectal Surgery (EARCS) announced six new delegates who have met the criteria for competence in performing robotic colon and rectal surgery based on the assessment process set out by the Academy:

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Mr. Mukhtar AHMAD

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Poole, United Kingdom

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Mr. Golam FAROOK

Sunderland Royal Hospital
Sunderland, United Kingdom

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Prof. Dr. med. Werner KNEIST

Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Mainz, Germany

Mr. Diarmuid O'RIORDAIN

Beacon Hospital
Dublin, Ireland

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Sahlgrenska University Hospital / Astra
Göteborg, Sweden

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Dr. Marie Marijn POELMAN

Sint Franciscus Gasthuis
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The EARCS training programme is designed to improve patient outcomes for European colorectal cancer patients by improving the entire surgical learning pathway for minimally invasive surgery, including technology, training, mentor relationships and data evaluation. Within this framework, the delegates undertook three phases of training:
1.   Case observation at a faculty member's hospital
2.   System and dissection training course

3.   Hands on training at the delegate's own hospital

The delegates completed a number of left (colon/sigmoid) and rectal resections under direct supervision of the faculty before being eligible for final assessment of competence. The final assessment stage required delegates to submit non-edited videos of self-perfomed sigmoid colon and rectal resections for 'blind' assessment by the Surgical Competency Assessment Committee.

"Training colorectal surgeons to support the growing interest in robotic surgery, particlarly for rectal resection, is a critical step towards ensuring that health care providers are successful in their adoption and meaningful use of the latest techniques for minimally invasive surgery" said Prof. Amjad Parvaiz, Co-Director of EARCS. "The EARCS training programme delivers a comprehensive approach to address the needs of colorectal surgeons wishing to adopt robotic surgical systems. The Academy is designed to deliver competent professionals who are proficient in all facets of robotic colorectal surgery."

We extend warm congratulations to the graduates who worked hard to achieve their certification, the faculty who assisted in their training, and the Surgical Competency Assessment Committee who conducted the video assessments. 

We are particularly pleased to announce Mr. Diarmuid O'Riordain as our first certified robotic colorectal surgeon from Ireland.

EARCS has now successfully trained and certified 28 surgeons: EARCS Graduates

A further 46 surgeons are currently being trained and a another 20 surgeons are in the final assessment stage and expected to graduate in the near future.