Zucker School of Medicine gives students chance to train with surgical robot
Students at the Zucker School of Medicine in Hempstead are learning surgical training with a state-of-the-art robot.
Zucker School of Medicine says it is the first school in the country to offer training on the Da Vinci surgical robot to undergraduate medical students. Aspiring surgeons usually have to wait until they are residents at a hospital to receive the training.
"We all have great students, and this is a way to unlock their potential, says Zucker School of Medicine Dean Dr. David Battinelli.
Doctors say the robotic system can do surgeries without making large incisions, which means quicker healing times for patients.
Harrison Labban wants to be a bariatric surgeon and says getting a head start on robotics surgery is invaluable.
"As a future surgeon and somebody that really wants to take care of people in the safest way possible, every tool that you can give us to make that possible is welcomed," Labban says.
The Da Vinci System for robotic surgery was developed by the Department of Defense to use for battlefield surgery.
It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000.