The AATS Foundation Thoracic Surgical Robotics Fellowship provides an advanced educational experience for North American general thoracic awardees and their attending surgeons to spend a one-day basic training course at Intuitive Surgical's Atlanta, GA or Houston, TX facilities to participate in a hands-on lab using Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci System.
The fellowship is administered by the AATS Foundation and supports successful applicants and their attending surgeons in the amount of up to $2,000* to defray the costs of travel and accommodations while participating in the one-day (TR200) Basic Training Course at their selected training center. Awarded fellows are split into smaller groups to attend different course dates. The first portion of the course is focused on the use of the da Vinci Surgical System, each awardee will work directly with an Intuitive training specialist in the lab to practice standard training protocol on a KindHeart specimen. The second part of the day is a surgeon / faculty led lab based program that focuses on the clinical application of the da Vinci Surgical System. Successful applicants receive a mixture of didactic and hands-on training to maximize the educational value of the in person experience.
Fellows are expected return to their institution and apply their training in surgical procedures with their attending surgeon. After the successful completion of a minimum number of thoracic procedures, eligible awardees will be invited to participate in a one-day (TR400) Advanced Lobectomy Training Course and will be supported in the amount of up to $1,000* to participate. Those who attend both courses and complete all program requirements will receive an AATS Foundation/ Intuitive Surgical Certificate of Completion.
*Please note that funding provided will cover travel and hotel accommodations which will be booked directly through Tangerine Travel for all fellows and attendings.
At the conclusion of their experience, fellows are asked to complete a post-fellowship survey for submission to the AATS Foundation. As part of Sunshine Act requirements, the value of the course for all trainees will be reported.
Applications will be reviewed by an AATS Foundation review committee, which will include surgeons involved in robotic surgical treatments, and graded on all aspects of the award criteria. The review committee will select only one awardee per institution, unless extenuating circumstances provide the opportunity to support two awardees.