Course Overview

This course provides the technical skills necessary to safely assist surgeons during robotic procedures using the Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Si System. This course is designed to provide first assistants with practical experience in both multi-port and single-site robotic concepts for the safe application in the operating room. This program only focuses on platform training in a dry lab setting. 

Registration Fee

  • Surgical Physician Assistants, Operating Room Nurses, Surgical Technologists: $449

Course participants will engage in:

  • Detailed overview of instrumentation and equipment
  • Robotic platform setup
  • Sterile draping for robotic platform
  • Docking and undocking
  • Port placement (multi-port and single-site)
  • Instrument insertion and removal (multi-port and single-site)
  • Troubleshooting scenarios
  • Communication protocols

Overview of Objectives:

  1. Recognize and describe the function and capabilities of robotic instrumentation, platform, and accompanying equipment needed to complete multi-port and single-site robotic procedures.
  2. Demonstrate proper technique for the setup of the robot including sterile application of drape, patient cart positioning, and camera setup.
  3. Apply and demonstrate the fundamentals of port placement and docking to multi-port and single-site procedures.
  4. Recall and demonstrate the correct performance of instrument exchanges and arm manipulation as they relate to a robotic procedure.
  5. Apply decision making and critical thinking to safely approach trouble shooting and emergent situations.

This program only includes a dry lab. No wet lab participation will be offered.

Pre-Course Requirements

Successful completion of the following Online Manufactures Robotic Surgical Platform Training for your specific da Vinci® platform must be completed one week prior to attending this course. Please create an account and complete the self-paced online training outlined for your specialization: www.davincisurgerycommunity.com. Pre-Course Requirements must be done one week prior to attending this course.

First Assistant Training (RNFA's, CSTFA’s & PA’s)

  • dV Si System for First Assistants Online Training
  • dV single-site modules
  • dV Si System endowrist stapler 45
  • dV Si Systemendowrist one vessel sealer
  • dV multi-port procedure video
  • pre-course questionnaire

Important Disclosures

This training is only for the dV Si System and will not include training for the S or Xi systems. Participants' hospital must have a robot or have access to one.

Participants must be proficient in the English language, there will not be translational services available for this course.

Access Presentations & Abstracts


Scott Magnuson, MD, FACS

Chief Medical Officer at AdventHealth Nicholson Center

Todd Larson, RN, BSN, MSIT, CNOR

Director of Education and Training at AdventHealth Nicholson Center

Danielle Julian, MS

Research Scientist at AdventHealth Nicholson Center

Anthony Basica, BA

Clinical and Skills Assistant Lab Manager at AdventHealth Nicholson Center

Babs Morrissiey, BS

Surgical Learning Lab Supervisor at AdventHealth Nicholson Center


* Course agenda is subject to change.

Day 1: Tue, Jan 23, 2018

  • 7:30-8:00 Course Overview & Objectives
  • 8:00-8:30 da Vinci System Technology Overview
  • 8:30-9:30 Multi-Port In-Service and System Set Up
  • 9:30-10:30 First Assist Skills with da Vinci Skills Drills Model
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-11:15 da Vinci System Troubleshooting with Emergency Procedures
  • 11:15-11:30 Break
  • 11:30-12:00 First Assistant Multi-Port Exit Assesment
  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-13:00 da Vinci Single-Site Technology Overview
  • 13:00-14:00 da Vinci System Set Up for Single-Site
  • 14:00-14:15 First Assit Skills with da Vinci Skills Drills Model
  • 14:15-14:30 Break
  • 14:30-15:00 da Vinci Single-Site Troubleshooting with Emergency Procedures
  • 15:00-15:15 Break
  • 15:15-15:45 da Vinci Single-Site Exit Assesment
  • 15:45-16:00 Course Wrap Up and Debrief


Bohemian Hotel Celebration

Bohemian Hotel Celebration

In partnership, with Bohemian Hotel Celebration, we offer a special rate for the guests of our courses. Please reach out to FHNC.INFO@Flhosp.org for any further questions about hotel accommodations.

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Melia Orlando Suite Hotel at Celebration

Melia Orlando Suite Hotel at Celebration

In partnership, with Melia Orlando Suite Hotel at Celebration, we offer a special rate for the guests of our courses. Please reach out to FHNC.INFO@Flhosp.org for any further questions about hotel accommodations.

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Directions & Parking

AdventHealth Nicholson Center

404 Celebration Place, Celebration, FL 34747

Parking: Two lots are available on either side of the facility for free parking