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About The Robotic Training Network


About The Robotic Training Network

The vision of the Robotic Training Network (RTN) is to standardize the robotic surgical curriculum and education for residents/fellows-in-training through the development of a collaborative network. This network is led by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons who are also Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology (FACOG) representing nine founding members from leading academic institutions in the United States.



In 1998, the Institute of Medicine released “To Err is Human”, identifying human error as the sole source for the death of thousands of patients each year. While advances in technology have helped to reduce many errors and save lives, perhaps the most important area to focus on is the resident/fellow-in-training – for these are the young physicians who will help advance medicine and surgery for decades into the future. Through collaboration, innovation and research, RTN is committed to teaching future physicians how to safely perform surgery to improve the quality of care at a lower cost.


Member Institutions

Cleveland Clinic (M. Tarr), Florida Hospital (A. Advincula), Johns Hopkins (I. Green) , Beth Israel Deaconess (H. Hur), Newark Beth Israel (M. Pitter), Lehigh Valley Health Network (M. Martino), University of North Carolina (E. Geller), Wright State (M. Galloway), Duke (N. Siddiqui).


  • 2009 The ACGME initiated an outcomes-based evaluation system to measure the competency of future physicians. With the new system, medical education programs in the United States will be accredited based on national benchmarks for core competency and clinical skills.
  • 2010 Formation of Robotic Training Network (RTN) – 9 academic sites began collaborating through consensus meetings and conference calls with the goal to develop a validation test (R-OSATS) for proficiency at the console in robotic surgery.
  • 2011-12 OBGYN Residency Program Directors and Chairs were asked to ask for their curriculum to share and learn best practices. This was presented at the 2012 annual OBGYN education meeting (APGO-CREOG). A uniform curriculum was developed, with an emphasis into 2 phases: The bedside assistant (Phase I) and the console surgeon (Phase II).
  • 2013 R-OSATS (Robotic – Objective Skills Assessment Test) presented at APGO-CREOG meeting and Society of Gynecologic Surgeons – Awarded 1st place for research design, analysis and presentation.
  • 2013 Robotic Training Network introduced larger study with invitation to 50 programs to join in outcomes project with adoption of standardized curriculum.
  • 2013 Robotic Training Network members participated in the Fundamentals of Robotic Gynecologic Surgery Consensus Meeting to develop and evaluate outcome measures, curriculum, validation studies to improve patient safety and quality of care.