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Interview at ERUS 2014 with Dr. Vip Patel, Orlando, Florida
Being a prominent robotic surgeon that adopted the method of robotic prostatectomy in an earl y phase of introduction of the technique, Dr. Patel stresses the role of robot simulators, expert teachers and video in robotic training. Multiple learning curves do exist but between 20-50 cases most surgeon acquire the basic proficiency with the system. Exceptional outcome may only be obtained after several hundreds of cases. A passport for robotic surgery has been considered in recent times. The driver or surgeon determines robotic surgery outcome and the Society of robotic surgery is currently validating a structured training program.