da Vinci® Training

The growth and expansion of da Vinci Surgery at hospitals worldwide is allowing more and more patients to benefit from minimally invasive surgery. da Vinci provides patients with the potential for outcomes equal to or better than conventional surgery. The ability to extend these benefits to patients depends on surgical teams achieving proficiency in preparing for and performing da Vinci Surgery.

Intuitive Surgical’s comprehensive training program is designed to support the successful use of the da Vinci Surgical System. We believe rigorous training standards and support of our System users are essential to establishing and maintaining a successful da Vinci Surgery program.

Intuitive Surgical developed the da Vinci Surgery Training Pathway to help OR teams meet surgical demand, while achieving clinical proficiency in the safest, most efficient manner possible. The Training Pathway incorporates product training, clinical training, and clinical education for integrated teams of both surgeons and OR staff.

The primary purpose of our training programs is to develop and increase a surgical team’s confidence and competence in the use of da Vinci. The ultimate goal is to develop a self-sufficient OR team fully capable of performing surgical procedures with minimal product support and instruction.

To accomplish this training goal, Intuitive Surgical works with experienced, independent faculty who have extensive knowledge of da Vinci surgery. These faculty members conduct didactic and laboratory sessions that teach specialized pre-, intra- and post-operative techniques that are unique to the da Vinci System. In-depth, hands-on segments enable participants to practice learned surgical techniques.

We offer or coordinate training programs designed for:

* First Assistants
* Residents & Fellows
* Surgeons
* da Vinci Coordinators

The table below provides an overview of the materials covered during the four phases of our comprehensive training pathway.




Product Training

I: Introduction to da Vinci Surgery

Intuitive Surgical

Product Training

II: Preparation and System Training

Clinical Training

III: Post System Training


Clinical Training

IV: Advanced Training

Societies/Academic Institutions

Continuing Clinical Education

Beyond the Pathway

Societies/Academic Institutions


Support Tools and Technology
Support Tools

Online System Modules & Evaluation: da Vinci System set-up and functionality Online Procedure Modules & Evaluation: Narrated case videos da Vinci Surgery Online Community: A secure social networking site providing access to the largest collection available of robotic surgery abstracts, over 1,000 hours of procedure videos and a range ofsupporting educational materials


Optional da Vinci® Si™ Dual Console: Real-time proctoring while sharing the same 3D surgical view
da Vinci® Skills Simulator*: Additional surgeon console practice via virtual experience
Connect™ for the da Vinci® Si System*: Remote case observation and mentoring

*Optional products, available for purchase and sold separately.
Planned release for the Si™ System is in 2011.

Please see our Support section for further details on our comprehensive training and support programs, and speak with your Intuitive Surgical representative about surgeon and/or hospital's needs.

You can also visit the da Vinci Surgery Online Community for more information on training. The Online Community is a free service brought to you by Intuitive Surgical.

Besides providing training information, the Online Community allows you access to: the largest collection of robotic surgery abstracts, over 1,000 hours of procedure videos, a range of supporting procedural materials and peer-to-peer discussions, all provided via a secure social networking site. To sign up, go to

Intuitive Surgical only trains on the use of the da Vinci Surgical System. The information provided during Intuitive Surgical training is not intended to substitute for formal medical training or certification. Intuitive Surgical is in no way responsible for surgical credentialing or for training in surgical procedure or technique, nor are the training programs described a replacement for hospital credentialing requirements. All curricula described are subject to change depending on available resources, as well as on the needs of the course participants.

Some of the training described may be provided by organizations or entities other than Intuitive, and Intuitive is not responsible for the content of these programs. Surgeon proctors are independent contractors. The listed prices are for services rendered by the independent surgeon proctors. A list of surgeon proctors can be provided upon request. Intuitive Surgical does not train on surgical procedures or techniques, nor does it take responsibility for proctoring services provided by the independent surgeon proctors. The hospital/surgeon purchases the proctoring service as part of training they have independently determined to be part of their credentialing requirement; Intuitive Surgical's role is merely to coordinate between the hospital/surgeon and the proctor. The proctors and the hospital/surgeon are always free to negotiate with each other directly.

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