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From necessity to defining new standards: the new ORSI Academy Campus aims to advance training standards and opportunities for surgical trainees #OrsiNewCampus

The sun comes out for the official opening of the new Orsi Academy training campus   Orsi Academy ( is a Belgian centre of surgical innovation and expertise where industry, clinical practitioners and academic partners work together on the improvement of best practices in minimally invasive surgery via training, academic research and technological R&D. Orsi […]

Editorial: Robotic Networks – delivering empowerment through integration

Intuitive’s latest version of Connect™ for the Da Vinci Si model allows surgeons to communicate remotely via a laptop or personal computer, direct to the surgeon’s console. It has one-way video from the console to the remote mentor and bi-directional audio and telestration (drawing), replicating the successful strategy employed in many industries to develop networks, […]

24 hour live Worldwide Robotic Surgery Event February 16th – 17th 2015

On the 16-17th February 2015 ten leading robotic centers of excellence from 4 continents will broadcast for 24 continuous hours. All the surgeons operating are experienced live surgeons, pioneers in their fields, who have contributed to the development and advancement of excellence in robotic surgery techniques. Register now at   WRSE24 incorporating 10 world […]

Consultant on call: incorporating lean thinking or Chaos theory?

The RCS report on ‘the implementation of the working time (EWTD) directive’ has recently been submitted. Recommendations include the need to rethink teams and services working patterns. In urology a combination of the EWTD, depleted middle grade numbers and political will, have necessitated that consultants increasingly deliver out of hours service. There are theoretical advantages […]

Social media as a conduit for resolving surgical challenges

Wikipedia defines social media as a means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. In 1965 Moore’s law stated that the volume required for a memory chip or processor would decrease by 50% every 18 months. This predicted exponential development rate has continued […]

Learning curve vs discovery curve: Training urological surgeons, what can we learn from sport?

Improving training in the United Kingdom may benefit from a more analytical assessment of natural abilities, individual learning curves and understanding and providing the necessary training methods to let trainees reach their potential. It used to be said that surgeons learnt from their mistakes, but surely this philosophy and approach is unacceptable in the 21st […]

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