New Graduates of the European Academy of Robotic Colorectal Surgery (EARCS)
Today, the European Academy of Robotic Colorectal Surgery (EARCS) announced thirteen 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:
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 and the Faculty who assisted in their training:
We would also like to thank members of the Surgical Competency Assessment Committee who conducted the video assessments for certification:
EARCS has now successfully trained 67 surgeons. Of those, 26 are going through final assessment and 41 have been certified. A further 41 surgeons are currently being trained.