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Robotic Surgery Preceptorship February 15 & 16 2020

Enhancing your robotic skills in the Mardi Gras spirit!

- Program to consist of Saturday Afternoon Presentations and Sunday Morning Lab
- Meals, Activities and 1 Hotel Night (double occupancy) provided
- Registration is open to Urology Chief and Pre-Chief Residents and Fellows
- Limited to 25 attendees


This two-day program is a mission-oriented event in partnership with SURS and the Endourological Society. Attendance is open to urology chief residents and fellows, as well as pre-chief residents, who have had some experience in use of the da Vinci robot. The format of this program will be didactics, case presentations, semi-live case presentations, and presentations on complications management and difficult scenarios.  The goal is to have attendees obtain in-depth knowledge and understand the nuances of robotic surgery for a successful robotic surgical career in the future. 


This program is offered at no cost to the attendees. The program includes registration, conference meals, and hotel accommodation for one night (Saturday, double occupancy). To register, a $100 check must be forwarded as a deposit, which will be returned once on site. As attendance is limited, this check is not refundable for “no shows” or cancellations within one week of the course. 

The program begins with lunch on Saturday, February 15th at the Tulane University Medical School, with the didactics portion of the program through the afternoon. Because this meeting is held during the festive Mardi Gras season, we have made arrangements for those who would like to see a Mardi Gras parade with special seating and dinner options on Saturday night. 

On Sunday morning, breakfast will be provided. Attendees will work on simulation and other housekeeping matters as it relates to the robot, docking, and safe use of the da Vinci robot. This will be followed by semi-live cases, wherein faculty will present topic-oriented video recordings to then be discussed. This will be a unique learning opportunity for such attendees. 

The program will finish by 12:30 pm on Sunday. After the completion of the program, shuttle transportation has been arranged to take attendees to the New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY). 

The room accommodations block has been booked at the historic Jung Hotel, which has undergone extensive renovations recently and is next door to the new Tulane University Medical Center. 

Registration is limited to 25 individuals from around the country. The attendees will be responsible for the cost and booking of airfare (airport code MSY) and taxi to program site. Once you arrive at the Jung Hotel/Tulane University Medical School, we take care of the rest; there should be no additional cost to the attendees. Attendees will be assigned a roommate at the discretion of the meeting planner.

Registration deadline is January 30, 2020. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Registration deadline is January 30, 2020. Registration is first come, first served.

Gregory Clouatre

(504) 988-5839



Guest Faculty:  Jihad Kaouk, MD (Cleveland Clinic) and Erik P. Castle, MD (Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ)
Tulane University Faculty:  Raju Thomas, MD and Jonathan Silberstein, MD

Saturday, February 15th

Noon:  Welcome Lunch, Raju Thomas MD

Noon- 1:45 Robotic radical prostatectomy
•    Video-based panel discussion on the techniques for RARP technical considerations for entry into the bladder neck, nerve sparing as well as judicious typical/modified dissection will be stressed
•    Surgical nuances, prevention of complications, difficult patient scenarios and discussion 
•    Q&A session 

1:50 - 2:00:  Break

2:00 - 3:45 Robotic renal surgery
•    Video-based discussion on robotic nephrectomy, robotic partial nephrectomy
•    Surgical technical considerations, patient preparation, prevention and management of complications 
•    Difficult clinical presentations and scenarios, discussion 
•    Q&A session

3:50-4:00: Break 

4:00 – 5:45: Robotic applications 
•    da Vinci prostatectomy for BPH
•    Upper urinary tract reconstructions - from top to bottom 
•    Safe positioning of patients, optimum access, and surgical exposure 
•    Pyeloplasty, uretero-ureterostomy, ureteral reimplantation, robotic Boari flap 
•    Q&A session  

5:45 Return to hotel 

6:30 – 9:00 Dinner and Mardi Gras Parade Viewing 

Sunday, February 16th

6:45 – 7:00: Breakfast and registration

7:00 – 8:00: DaVinci simulation

8:30 to noon:

Semi-live robotic cases

  • Retroperitoneal partial nephrectomy
  • Transperitoneal partial nephrectomy
  • Robotic radical prostatectomy
  • Q&A and discussion

Noon: Evaluations and adjournment 12:30 pm: Shuttle to Airport (MSY). 

We are grateful to the Endourological Society and the Society of Urologic Robotics for having sponsored this educational event.