The fellowship in robotic urology at Swedish Medical Center is a one-year, non-accredited, clinical fellowship in robotic surgery with a focus on urologic oncology. The fellowship began in 2005 and we are currently training our 15th fellow. The emphasis of the fellowship is safety and competence utilizing a robotic surgery platform, the da Vinci Surgical System. The robotic surgery platform presents significant technical complexity with regard to planning and implementation of the surgical procedure and therefore there is much emphasis on surgical technique to improve outcomes. Several clinical studies have confirmed that there is an extended learning curve associated with robotic surgery and that focused training such as a fellowship is recommended to facilitate robotic surgery skill acquisition
The majority of patients treated during the fellowship have urologic cancers including prostate, kidney and testicular cancer. There is also exposure to robotic reconstrutive procedures. The fellow is involved in the care of the patient from preoperative assessment in the clinic to follow-up evaluation after surgery. The majority of the time spent in the fellowship is in the operating room with surgery scheduled 3 to 4 days per week. There is one day a week dedicated to the pre-operative evaluation of patient's in clinic as well as post-operative follow-up. The fellow is responsible for the postoperative care of patients on the floor and must interact professionally with the nursing and hospital staff. On call responsibilities include one day per week of out of hospital coverage and 4 to 5 weekends per year. Call is taken with the attending physician on call.
Board Eligible with completion of Residency program within the US.
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Private Practice Urology Group in Seattle, Washington