Last Monday, October 31, 2022, I was honored to introduce Scott Magnuson (…) at the 6th Congress of European ORL – Head-Neck Surgery that was hed in Milan. He gave a Keynote Lecture on Training and Certification for Robotic-Asssited Surgery.
Scott Magnuson is one of the recurrent names that appear regularly in PubMed among the authors in papers related to Robotic Surgery in the Head&Neck. Particularly relevant was the “Recommendations for Training and Credentialing” of the Education Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head&Neck Surgery, published in Head and Neck in 2016, which set the foundations for a independent credentialing system.
So, for all of us who devote our time to Head&Neck Robotic Surgery, Scott Magnuson is not just one of the essential names, but also a name closely linked to training. His courses in Florida are a World reference.
Basic guidelines for surgical training are universal. But the da Vinci robotic surgery system came with a rigid training pathway and credentialing process that raises several concerns for surgeons who are not familiar with it. Moreover as they are in permanent change and may differ in different countries. We strive to shed some light on this topic.