Intuitive India, the India arm of Intuitive Surgical, collaborated with top government medical institutions in India as a part of their initiative to train next generation surgeons to Robotic-Assisted Surgery.
Developed with the support of AIIMS New Delhi, Intuitive Robotic Onboarding Program and Education (I-ROPE) aims to familiarize resident surgeons with robotic assisted surgery, its technology, clinical applications and its benefits.
As a pilot, AIIMS Delhi ran this program in their Oncology divisions. Based on the surgical students' feedback, Intuitive extended this program to other specialities and institutions across India. Currently, more than two hundred resident surgeons are going through this program, across institutions.
Commenting on this initiative, Mandeep Singh Kumar, VP and General Manager, Intuitive India, said, "The execution of Robotic-Assisted Surgery skill and education programs is a key step towards nurturing early adopters of advanced surgical technologies. In this context, the Intuitive Robotic Onboarding Program and Education (I-ROPE) aims to support the country's surgical healthcare landscape's evolution towards producing better clinical outcomes. Given the success of the introductory program, we aim to scale it in partnership with multiple teaching institutes in the country for multiplying its reach and impact."
Currently, Intuitive is driving this program in renowned government medical institutions in the country, which includes the likes of AIIMS Delhi, AIIMS Bhubaneswar, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, Delhi and Armed Forces medical college Pune. It will be interesting to see how the next gen surgeons make an impact on the medical fronts in a pandemic- scarred future.