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Madison, Wisconsin – A new robot in a surgical research laboratory at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics will help document the precise skills that separate a master surgeon from a robot rookie.

While it is known that the more experienced the surgeon, the better the outcome rates of robotic surgery, a new UW study will document precisely what those skills are and how they can better be taught.

“We know that master surgeons are able to make decisions quickly and more efficiently during surgery, but we don’t know how they make the decisions,” says Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS , associate professor and vice chairman for surgical research.

Armed with sensing technology and information recorded by the robot itself, Pugh will detail the motions and “hands’ on” decision-making of surgeons who will range in skill and ability from medical students to 10-year master surgeons.

Read more about the development of this novel learning system here. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System