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 two-day period at Intuitive Surgical's Atlanta, GA or Sunnyvale, CA facility to experience an advanced training course on Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci System.
The Fellowship is funded and administered by the AATS Foundation and provides successful applicants with a $2,500 grant to defray the costs of round-trip travel and accommodations to the selected training center for the fellow and their attending surgeon. The 25 awarded "Standard Pathway" fellows will be split into smaller groups to attend different course dates. In addition to this traditional pathway, an "Equivalency Pathway" will also be awarded to an additional ten of the possible 35 fellows whose cardiothoracic fellowships have long-standing, high volume-robotic programs capable of providing system skills training at their institution in-lieu of the TR200 training course, and provide fellows with consistent da Vinci case experience throughout the year. Programs in this track will still be required to meet minimum training and case criteria to qualify for the TR400 Advanced Lobectomy course and training certificates. They will also be asked to provide additional deliverables (i.e., edited case videos).
For Equivalency Training Pathway, fellows should complete a similar training at their home institution.
At the conclusion of their experience, a final report is required for submission to the AATS Foundation.
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.
After participating in at least one webinar, and logging seven thoracic-based cases as console surgeon, fellows are eligible to attend the Advanced Lobectomy course in the Winter of 2021.