da Vinci® Training

Learning any new medical technology requires both guided and self-directed learning on the part of the surgeon and his/her surgical team. The following document outlines recommended activities for the da Vinci Surgery team who seek to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to use da Vinci System technology. Please keep in mind that the recommendations below are only the beginning of the learning process. Self-directed study and practice are still required to master the technology. As with any tool in the surgical theater, the da Vinci Surgery team should only support the use of the da Vinci System when, in the surgeon’s judgment, the team’s mastery of the technology is sufficient to use it both safely and effectively.

Intuitive Surgical developed the da Vinci Technology Training Pathway to help teams develop the knowledge and skills necessary to use da Vinci System Technology in the most efficient manner possible. The Technology Training Pathway is the result of years of collaborating with skilled robotic surgeons. It is designed for integrated teams made up of surgeons and OR staff. This team-oriented approach was developed because experience demonstrated that training is most successful when the entire team is involved.

The Technology Training Pathway focuses on two core objectives:

1) Develop da Vinci System-related knowledge and skill
2) Learn and apply da Vinci-specific techniques to clinical applications through peer-to-peer education.

Intuitive Surgical believes its primary responsibility is to manage and meet the first objective – system knowledge and skill. Although Intuitive Surgical facilitates the second objective, surgeon-to-surgeon instruction and mentorship are conducted by qualified, independent medical professionals.

The ultimate goal of the da Vinci Technology Training Pathway is to train a surgical team on the da Vinci system technology and provide opportunities to safely  and efficiently integrate the technology into clinical applications.

The da Vinci Technology Training Pathway is divided into four distinct phases, with reinforcing activities and supporting tools for  both surgeons and OR staff:

Surgeon and OR Team Technology Training Pathway




Product Training

I: Introduction to da Vinci Surgery

Intuitive Surgical

II: Preparation and System Training

Skills Application Training

III: Post System Training

Independent Surgeons & Societies/Academic Institutions

IV: Advanced Training

Continuing Education

Beyond the Technology Training Pathway

Independent Surgeons & Societies/Academic Institutions


Support Tools and Technology

Support Tools

da Vinci Surgery Online Community:A secure social networking site  providing access to the largest collection available of robotic surgery abstracts, thousands of hours of procedure videos and a range of supporting educational materials
Online da Vinci Technology Modules & Evaluations: da Vinci System set-up and functionality
Online Procedure Videos: Narrated case videos
da Vinci Technology In-Services & Quick Reference Guides: da Vinci System set-up and use
da Vinci Skills Drills Model: The kit facilitates practice of da Vinci skills related to port placement, docking, instrument exchange, etc.*


Optional da Vinci® Si™ Dual Console: Real-time proctoring while sharing the same 3D surgical view
da Vinci® Skills Simulator*: Additional surgeon console practice via virtual experience

*Optional products, available for purchase and sold separately.

Please see our Support section for further details on our comprehensive training and support programs, and speak with your Intuitive Surgical representative about surgeon and/or hospital's needs.

You can also visit the da Vinci Surgery Online Community for more information on training. The Online Community is a free service brought to you by Intuitive Surgical.

Besides providing training information, the Online Community allows you access to: the largest collection of robotic surgery abstracts, over 1,000 hours of procedure videos, a range of supporting procedural materials and peer-to-peer discussions, all provided via a secure social networking site. To sign up, go to

All surgeries carry risks of adverse outcomes. While clinical studies support the use of the da Vinci Surgical System as an effective tool for minimally invasive surgery for specific indications, individual results may vary. For complete technical information, including full cautions and warnings, please refer to the product documentation.

Only surgeons who have developed adequate robotic skills to perform the tasks associated with each procedure and who have received specific training in the use of the da Vinci Surgical System should use the system. Training provided by Intuitive Surgical is limited to the use of its products and does not replace the necessary medical training and experience required to perform surgery. Intuitive Surgical does not teach surgery. Intuitive’s role is to facilitate peer-to-peer clinical teaching. Procedure descriptions are provided by independent surgeons.

Intuitive Surgical-sponsored presentations, instruction and promotional materials are intended for general information only and are not intended to substitute for formal medical training or certification. da Vinci® Surgical System training programs are not replacements for hospital policy regarding surgical credentialing. Certification, OR access and hospital privileges are the responsibility of the trainees and their institutions, not that of Intuitive Surgical. Intuitive Surgical does not provide or evaluate surgical credentialing.

Any demonstration during Intuitive-sponsored training or instructional material on how to use the system to perform a particular technique or procedure is not the recommendation or “certification” of Intuitive Surgical as to such technique or procedure, but rather is merely a sharing of information on how other surgeons may have used the system to perform a given technique or procedure. Clinical information and opinions expressed by training participants, including any inaccuracies or mistakes, belong to the individual. Information and opinions are not necessarily those of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Nothing in Intuitive Surgical training curricula makes expressed or implied promises or commitments to the persons attending. This includes any promise or commitment that the trainee will be provided any specific product or technology in future or that the trainee will be certified to perform a procedure related to the curriculum.

Surgeon proctors are independent contractors. The prices listed for proctoring are for services rendered by the independent surgeon proctors. A list of surgeon proctors can be provided upon request. Intuitive Surgical does not take responsibility for proctoring services provided by independent surgeon proctors. The hospital/surgeon purchases the proctoring service as part of training they have independently determined to be part of their credentialing requirement; Intuitive Surgical’s role is merely to coordinate between the hospital/surgeon and the proctor. The proctors and the hospital/surgeon are always free to negotiate with each other directly.

The da Vinci® Skills Simulator™ is intended to augment, not replace, existing training programs for the da Vinci Si™ Surgical System. © 2013 Intuitive Surgical, Inc. All rights reserved. Product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. PN 874029 Rev B 10/13

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