Table 3: Comparison of current robotic surgery training to program director beliefs.

Question Current practice PG opinion

Is there/should there be a formal clinical curriculum for robotic surgery training of general surgery residents at your institution? ()Yes (73.68%)
No (26.32%)
Yes (63.16%)
No (36.84%)

At which postgraduate year (PGY) level, do/should your residents first have exposure to robotic surgery? (, 20, resp.)PGY1 (42.11%)
PGY2 (10.53%)
PGY3 (31.58%)
PGY4 (10.53%)
PGY5 (5.26%)
PGY1 (55%)
PGY2 (15%)
PGY3 (30%)
PGY4 (0%)
PGY5 (0%)

What is your program’s current/the best method to deliver robotic surgery training during residency? (, 20, resp.)Conference/didactic session (0%)
Teaching labs/simulation (10.53%)
Operating room experience (5.26%)
Combination of the above (84.21%)
Conference/didactic session (0%)
Teaching labs/simulation (30%)
Operating room experience (0%)
Combination of the above (70%

Does/should your program collaborate with industry to provide robotic surgery training to residents? (, 19, resp.)Yes (80%)
No (20%)
Yes (63.16%)
No (36.84%)

Do/should all graduating chief residents in your program achieve competency in this operation prior to graduation? ()Yes (30%)
No (70%)
Yes (35%)
No (65%)

If not currently a competency, is resident achievement of competency based on resident’s interest in robotic surgery? ()Yes (78.57%)
No (21.43%)

selecting “combination of the above,” respondents were requested to further elaborate. The responses included () all 3 listed above (75%), computer based training, followed by simulation, followed by beside assist, finally console (8.33%), and simulation modulates then OR (16.67%).