Survey of Robotic Surgery Credentialing Requirements for Physicians Completing OB/GYN Residency

Britt K. Erickson, Jonathan L. Gleason, Warner K. Huh, Holly E. Richter

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Study Objective: To describe credentialing requirements for newly graduated resident physicians for robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery in Alabama. Design: Cross-sectional study (Canadian Task Force classification III). Setting: Hospitals in the state of Alabama in the United States. Participants: Credentialing authorities at hospitals in Alabama that currently use robotic surgery in the field of gynecology. Interventions: Participants completed an online questionnaire about credentialing policies. Measurements and Main Results: Fifteen of 16 hospitals (94%) in Alabama that use robotic technology for gynecologic surgery participated in this survey. All hospitals had a credentialing policy for robotic surgery; however, only 9 of the 15 hospitals (60%) had a separate pathway for physicians with recent residency training. This pathway consisted of an attestation letter from a residency program director in all of the 9 hospitals, a robotic case list in 3 (33%), and proctored cases after residency in 2 (22%). Five hospitals (55%) required a certain number of hysterectomy procedures (median, 5; range, 2-10). Conclusion: Robotic surgery credentialing requirements in Alabama vary. Validation of requirements in best practices for robotic surgery by graduating resident physicians is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-592
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Huh receives funding from Intuitive Surgical, Inc. , Sunnyvale, California.

Funding Information:
Supported in part by grant 2K24-DK068389 (to Dr. Richter) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health .


  • Credentialing
  • Resident education
  • Robotic surgery

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