Definition of a Structured Training Curriculum for Robot-assisted Radical Cystectomy with Intracorporeal Ileal Conduit in Male Patients: A Delphi Consensus Study Led by the ERUS Educational Board

Paolo Dell'Oglio, Filippo Turri, Alessandro Larcher, Frederiek D'Hondt, Rafael Sanchez-Salas, Bernard Bochner, Joan Palou, Robin Weston, Abolfazl Hosseini, Abdullah E. Canda, Jørgen Bjerggaard, Giovanni Cacciamani, Kasper Ørding Olsen, Inderbir Gill, Thierry Piechaud, Walter Artibani, Pim J. van Leeuwen, Arnulf Stenzl, John Kelly, Prokar DasguptaCarl Wijburg, Justin W. Collins, Mihir Desai, Henk G. van der Poel, Francesco Montorsi, Peter Wiklund, Alexandre Mottrie

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Abstract

Robot-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC) continues to expand, and several surgeons start training for this complex procedure. This calls for the development of a structured training program, with the aim to improve patient safety during RARC learning curve. A modified Delphi consensus process was started to develop the curriculum structure. An online survey based on the available evidence was delivered to a panel of 28 experts in the field of RARC, selected according to surgical and research experience, and expertise in running training courses. Consensus was defined as ≥80% agreement between the responders. Overall, 96.4% experts completed the survey. The structure of the RARC curriculum was defined as follows: (1) theoretical training; (2) preclinical simulation-based training: 5-d simulation-based activity, using models with increasing complexity (ie, virtual reality, and dry- and wet-laboratory exercises), and nontechnical skills training session; (3) clinical training: modular console activity of at least 6 mo at the host center (a RARC case was divided into 11 steps and steps of similar complexity were grouped into five modules); and (4) final evaluation: blind review of a video-recorded RARC case. This structured training pathway will guide a starting surgeon from the first steps of RARC toward independent completion of a full procedure. Clinical implementation is urgently needed. Patient summary: Robot-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC) is a complex procedure. The first structured training program for RARC was developed with the goal of aiding surgeons to overcome the learning curve of this procedure, improving patients’ safety at the same time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-164
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Urology Focus
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Curriculum
  • Learning curve
  • Radical cystectomy
  • Robot-assisted surgery
  • Training

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