ASiT: Shaping the Future of Surgery

Robotics for Trainees Conference and Abstract Submission 23rd to 24th May 2024

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicholson Street, EDINBURGH, EH8 9DW
Venue: Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
Step into the future of surgery at the ASiT x RaDiST Robotics for Trainees Conference, coming to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh on May 23rd and 24th, 2024. This is a first of its kind conference, led by the Robotic and Digital Surgery Trainee Committee (RaDiST) and ASiT. 

Surgical robotics is expanding into every specialty, we will be offering hands on courses with multiple leading robotic platforms, from soft tissue to orthopaedic to microsurgery robotics. Immerse yourself in the latest advancements in robotic technology and training alongside fellow trainees and leading international experts in the field. Robotic training faces numerous challenges, this event will provide a platform for discussion to shape the future of surgical robotics. 

There will also be oral and poster prize sessions - so be sure to submit your abstracts before the deadline 5TH APRIL 2024.

Secure your place now and be part of the conversation for the future of surgery!
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23rd May 2024


Pre-Conference Courses
Introduction to Versius
Introduction to  Da Vinci
Introduction to HUGO
Robotics NOTSS
Introduction to Orthopaedic Robotics


Lunch and Poster Viewing


Introduction: Pan-specialty Survey Results
Mr Matt Harris – Chair of RaDiST


Keynote: Developing a Robotic Curriculum in Gynaecology
Ms Nahid Gul


Keynote: Experiences of the North-East Robotic Training Pilot
Professor Alan Horgan


Break and Poster Viewing


Barriers to Training: (ReInVent study)
Miss Charlotte El Sayed


Barriers to Training: Royal College Leaders Q&A Panel
Professor Chelliah Selvasekar (RCSEd)
Professor Barry McGuire (RSCI)
Mr Mike McKirdy/Professor Jim Khan (RCPSG)
Ms Nuha Yassin (RCSEng)


Ms Roberta Garau (ASiT president)


Networking and drinks reception




24th May 2024


Introduction to Day 2


The Future of Robotic and Digital Surgery
Professor Shafi Ahmed


Specialty Keynotes
Professor Andrew Metcalfe (Orthopaeidcs)
Miss Leanne Ashrafian (Thoracics)
TBC (Urology)
TBC (GI Surgery)
Panel Discussion: Sharing Lessons Between Specialties


Break and Poster Viewing


Industry Breakouts


Integrated Robotic Curriculum
Core curriculum Delphi Consensus 
Mr Josh Burke
Procedural curriculum Delphi consensus
Mr Matthew Harris 
Integrating Robotics into the Curriculum
Professor Jon Lund


Lunch and Poster Viewing


Keynote: Surgical Sabermetrics
Professor Steven Yule


Keynote: The Platform Agnostic Surgeon
Mr Ben Challacombe and Ms Kirsten Larkins 


Digital Surgery, Big Data and the Metaverse 




Virtual reality in surgical education
Mr Andrew Hall
Robotic Trainee Research: Prize Session


Break and Poster Viewing


Technology Enhanced Surgical Training: Vision for the Future
Chair: Shafi Ahmed
Expert panel



Abstract Submission
Key dates:
  • Abstract submission deadline: 23:59 BST Friday 5th April 2024
  • Acceptance notifications: Wednesday 10th April 2024
  • Conference dates: 23rd-24th May 2024

Abstract & Prize Categories

  • Outcomes in robotic surgery
  • Training and simulation
  • Innovative technologies in Robotic Surgery
  • Cutting edge techniques (video prize) – A video link should be uploaded onto an open platform e.g. vimeo or google and the link must be included in the submission.  The link can be added at the bottom of the written abstract. The video needs to be no longer than 5 minutes in length with a voiceover.

Abstract Format

  • The abstract should be no longer than 250 words (excluding the title). It is your responsibility to  ensure that you keep to the word limit.  
  • Abstracts should be formatted in four sections as follows:
    Introduction/Aim, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusions.
  • Abstracts are to be submitted as text only. No graphics or tables are allowed.
  • If the submitting author is not the presenter, Kristina Gloufchev at needs to be notified. 
  • Please use a spell checker on your abstract before submitting it.

Submission Rules

  • Please ensure that the abstract has been seen and agreed upon by all the named authors before submission. All authors have a responsibility to ensure that the data submitted is accurate, is not extrapolated and fairly represents the presentation to be given at the Association’s Annual Meeting. 
  • Commercial support and industry involvement must be clearly stated. 
  • All areas of the form must be completed; failure to do so will result in the form being rejected.  Ensure that you have received an email confirmation of submission.
  • Author details or institutional affiliation must not be identifiable in the abstract text. Failure to do so will result in the abstract being rejected. 
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that the information you provide is correct and to check the content of your abstract and especially contact information. We cannot be held responsible for your abstract not being graded as the content was missing or for failure to notify successful authors of abstract acceptance if you did not fill the form correctly. 
  • Once completed and submitted electronically you cannot submit the same abstract again – make sure the first one is correct! You can however edit the submission up to the closing time of submission.
  • Please ensure your e-mail address is correct as you will be notified by e-mail if your abstract has been accepted. 
  • Abstracts can only be submitted in ONE topic area. Duplicate submissions will be disqualified.
  • Evidence of falsification of results, plagiarism and/or misrepresentation will be treated as professional misconduct and will be reported to your Deanery and/or GMC for further investigation. 
  • After the submission deadline, no changes to abstracts will be accepted. 
  • Please note: the person registering and submitting the abstract online will receive all future correspondence regarding that abstract. It is, therefore, not advisable to submit abstracts on behalf of colleagues. The author who intends to present the abstract should complete the online submission.


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