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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:

Mr. Tarek Salem HANY
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Preston, United Kingdom
PD Dr. med. Yakup KULU
University Hospital Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany
Dr. Jiří PÁRAL
University Hospital Hradec Králové
Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Mr. Colin PEIRCE
University Hospital Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Preston, United Kingdom
Prof. Dr. med. Gero PUHL
Asklepios Klinik Altona
Hamburg, Germany
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: 
  • Mr. Shwan Amin
  • Dr. Roger Gerjy
  • Prof. Amjad Parvaiz
We would also like to thank members of the Surgical Competency Assessment Committee who conducted the video assessments for certification:
  • Dr. Rogier Crolla
  • Dr. Roger Gerjy
  • Dr. Marcos Gómez Ruiz
  • Mr. Danilo Miskovic
  • Prof. Amjad Parvaiz

EARCS has now successfully trained 74 surgeons. Of those, 51 have been certified and 27 are going through final assessment. Another 26 surgeons are currently being trained.