AIIMS starts surgical robotics training facility

New Delhi: The AIIMS, Delhi inaugurated a state-of-the-art surgical robotics training facility on Tuesday at the SET — skill, e-learning and telemedicine facility — of the institute.

This is a public-private partnership between the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and India Medtronic Private Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Medtronic plc.

Conceptualised and set up under the leadership and vision of Dr M Srinivas, Director, AIIMS-New Delhi, the centre will provide surgeons with best-in-class training in robotic-assisted surgeries, an AIIMS official said. The inauguration of the facility places the institute once again on the global map as AIIMS, New Delhi is the only government-funded medical institution to offer simulation-based robotics training in this part of the world, the official said.

The new training facility was inaugurated by Dr M Bajpai, Dean, Academics, in the presence of Dr Arvind Bagga, Chairman, SET facility, Dr V Seenu (Faculty in-charge, WET Lab, SET facility; joined virtually), Dr Ambuj Roy, Professor in-charge, SET facility, and Michael Blackwell, vice-president and managing director, Medtronic India.

The partnership brings together novel technology and decades of surgical expertise at the AIIMS, New Delhi to train surgeons nationwide and expand access to the benefits of the RAS, the official said.

The RAS is an emerging medical technology that can help standardise surgical procedures and enable surgeons to perform complex surgeries.

The training centre will offer a broad spectrum of training to enhance the knowledge and skillset in RAS, ranging from basic skill training to procedural training to more advanced and specialised areas in soft-tissue surgery.

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