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J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2012 Sep-Oct;19(5):589-92. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2012.05.003. Epub 2012 Jul 6.

Survey of robotic surgery credentialing requirements for physicians completing OB/GYN residency.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA. britte@uab.edu

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To describe credentialing requirements for newly graduated resident physicians for robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery in Alabama.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional study (Canadian Task Force classification III).

SETTING:

Hospitals in the state of Alabama in the United States.

PARTICIPANTS:

Credentialing authorities at hospitals in Alabama that currently use robotic surgery in the field of gynecology.

INTERVENTIONS:

Participants completed an online questionnaire about credentialing policies.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:

Fifteen of 16 hospitals (94%) in Alabama that use robotic technology for gynecologic surgery participated in this survey. All hospitals had a credentialing policy for robotic surgery; however, only 9 of the 15 hospitals (60%) had a separate pathway for physicians with recent residency training. This pathway consisted of an attestation letter from a residency program director in all of the 9 hospitals, a robotic case list in 3 (33%), and proctored cases after residency in 2 (22%). Five hospitals (55%) required a certain number of hysterectomy procedures (median, 5; range, 2-10).

CONCLUSION:

Robotic surgery credentialing requirements in Alabama vary. Validation of requirements in best practices for robotic surgery by graduating resident physicians is needed.

PMID:
22771155
PMCID:
PMC3660088
DOI:
10.1016/j.jmig.2012.05.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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