A new standardised assessment provides a useful tool for fol- lowing up on the updates and progress of surgeons as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsur- gery, says a study of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
The Structured Assessment of Robotic Microsurgical Skills (SARMS) is the first validated instrument for assessing robotic microsurgical skills, according to the report by ASPS Member Surgeon Dr Jesse C Selber of the University of Texas MD Ander- son Cancer Center, Houston. Initial assessments using the SARMS show that, after a steep initial learning curve, surgical trainees display steady improvement in their ability to perform robot-assisted microsur- gery tasks.
SARMS Tracks Development of Robotic Microsurgery Skills; The researchers describe the development and testing of the SARMS as a standard technique for uating technical skills for robot-assisted micro- surgery. The SARMS consisted of 11 items”six uating microsurgery skills and five uating robotic skills.