Robotic Fellowship in Europe
Advanced robotic training fellowship in Europe
Nick Brook will be in Belgium from April to Sept 2018
I will be undertaking a period of advanced robotic surgical training at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis Hospital, Aalst, Belgium from April to September 2018, under the mentorship of Prof Alex Mottrie.
The OLV is a high-volume robotic surgery hospital with a large department of Urology. The hospital has been undertaking robotic surgery since 2001 and is closely aligned to the OLV Vattikuti Robotic Surgery Institute (ORSI). The urology department produces a large volume of clinical data on outcomes for robotic surgery and regularly reports on new techniques.
Advanced robotic skills to bring back to Adelaide
The aim of this outstanding and internationally recognised fellowship is to gain full competence in a range of advanced urological robotic-assisted techniques. The training is purely in robotic urology – five days of operating a week. I will return to Adelaide and be able to provide these advanced techniques to patients. The training serves three purposes. First, after six-months I will be fully trained in a range of urological robotic surgery. I will be able to bring these skills back to South Australia for service provision from October 2018. Second, the time will be invaluable in developing the skill set necessary to train our local urology registrars in robotic surgery. Since robotic surgery was introduced in SA in 2004, no registrars have been able to train in robotic surgery. It is vitally important for South Australian patients that doctors of the future are able to provide this kind of surgery. Third, the academic work and clinical outcomes data will open-up the possibility of international collaboration in this area for South Australia.
I undertook a period of fellowship training (2008-2009) with Prof David Nicol in Brisbane, and was appointed as a consultant Urologist in Adelaide in 2009, where I have been a urological surgeon with broad practice including benign and cancer work. I have a particular interest in urological cancer surgery and have been instrumental in developing urology cancer provision at the Royal Adelaide Hospital into a fully functioning multidisciplinary service. I have made a large contribution to the public service system by bringing innovative strategies and significant funding to the department.
I see a great number of benefits to this 6 month fellowship for the provision of service to the public and private hospital systems in Adelaide, and also for the development of our training registrars. I will be unpaid for this period, and will be leaving a young family in Adelaide for six-months. I believe this demonstrates my dedication to further training and professional development, and its importance for bringing high level robotic urology surgery skills to South Australia.