Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge
Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge
By Ginger Geoffery


Several Canisius High School students spent part of their summer learning about robotic surgery at one of the world's leading organizations in the field, and gaining hands-on experience with the technology.

Matt Sullivan '18, John Collins '19, Aaron Levy '18, Matt Lauer '18, and Adam Schoenle '18 (pictured, left to right) and John Rucinski '18 (not pictured) were among approximately 70 students selected nationwide to participate in Roswell Park Cancer Institute's highly competitive ATLAS Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge program. The program allows students to explore the Fundamental Skills of Robotic Surgery (FSRS) curriculum. FSRS is the method used for training robot-assisted surgeons at Roswell Park. Students also participated in sessions designed to support and enhance their passion for the medical field, led by experts in visual arts, education and engineering. The program also included presentations on ethics, compassion, leadership and teamwork.

The ATLAS Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge program is made possible through grants from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation and other generous donors. The application process for next summer's program will open in the fall. Click here to learn more about the program.

Pictured with the Canisius students is Dr. Khurshid Guru, Chairman of Urology Department and Director of Robotic Surgery and the Applied Technology Laboratory for Advanced Surgery (ATLAS). ATLAS was created at Roswell Park to develop innovative, enhanced technologies in the medical field. The program comprises a technological development lab, medical illustration studio and surgical training facilities. Surgical teams from around the world come to Roswell Park to develop their robotic surgery skills. Click here to learn more about ATLAS.