Robotic Surgical Training at Home: A Low-Fidelity Simulation Method.
Journal of surgical education
OBJECTIVE: Laparoscopic box simulators provide surgical residents a cost-effective and accessible learning tool to practice basic laparoscopic skills. Despite effective, high-fidelity simulators used in robotic surgery training, a similar low-fidelity alternative simulation method is not available. The objective of this report and accompanying video is to introduce a low-fidelity method to help those new to robotic-assisted surgery learn fundamental skills even before sitting at the console.
METHOD: Using 2 fine-point metal tweezers with Velco loops for finger slots, I developed a user-friendly way to practice basic needle handling and intracorporeal knot tying activities similar to those encountered on a high-fidelity robotic simulator. These simple tools mimic the controllers at the actual robot console.
EXPERIENCE: This teaching tool is meant to help surgical trainees and those new to robotic surgery develop the initial dexterity and economy of motion for performing basic tasks. I have greatly improved my own surgical confidence and experience anecdotally using these tools before I sat for actual cases. I hope a motivated trainee may discover the same benefit.
CONCLUSIONS: A low-fidelity simulation method may enhance a learner's initial proficiency in robotic-assisted surgery, but future performance studies using this method will be needed.
Cruff J. Robotic Surgical Training at Home: A Low-Fidelity Simulation Method. J Surg Educ. 2021 Mar-Apr;78(2):379-381. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2020.07.021. Epub 2020 Jul 31. PMID: 32747322.