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IEEE’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Now it is easier for authors to change to their preferred name

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THE INSTITUTE On Monday, 28 June, IEEE's Board of Directors took an important step in our collective journey toward an inclusive and equitable culture that welcomes, engages, and rewards all who contribute to the field, without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

“IEEE continues its strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our work and across our professions. Given our mission, focused on the advancement of technology for the benefit of humanity, IEEE collaborates globally with all our stakeholders and seeks to maintain an open and inclusive platform for our authors. I'm pleased with the IEEE Board of Directors unanimous approval of a policy that recognizes the importance that authors place on managing their own name and identity," says Susan K. (Kathy) Land, 2021 IEEE president and CEO.

To fully align IEEE's actions with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, IEEE's Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) and the IEEE Board of Directors voted to permit authors who change their preferred name, due to marriage or divorce, religious conversion, gender alignment or any other reason, to modify the metadata associated with their IEEE publications upon successful validation of the identity of the requesting author.

Larry Hall, vice president, IEEE Publication Services and Products, replied, “I'm quite pleased that the Board was able to make substantial progress in addressing the needs of our author community in concert with progressive industry practice. We will continue to work on issues related to removing impediments and expanding access for all researchers who have something to contribute to the scholarly conversation."

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Today’s Robotic Surgery Turns Surgical Trainees Into Spectators

Medical training in the robotics age leaves tomorrow's surgeons short on skills

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Photo of an operating room. On the left side of the image, two surgeons sit at consoles with their hands on controls. On the right side, a large white robot with four arms operates on a patient.

The dominant player in the robotic surgery industry is Intuitive Surgical, which has more than 6,700 da Vinci machines in hospitals around the world. The robot’s four arms can all be controlled by a single surgeon.

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Before the robots arrived, surgical training was done the same way for nearly a century.

During routine surgeries, trainees worked with nurses, anesthesiologists, and scrub technicians to position and sedate the patient, while also preparing the surgical field with instruments and lights. In many cases, the trainee then made the incision, cauterized blood vessels to prevent blood loss, and positioned clamps to expose the organ or area of interest. That’s often when the surgeon arrived, scrubbed in, and took charge. But operations typically required four hands, so the trainee assisted the senior surgeon by suctioning blood and moving tissue, gradually taking the lead role as he or she gained experience. When the main surgical task was accomplished, the surgeon scrubbed out and left to do the paperwork. The trainee then did whatever stitching, stapling, or gluing was necessary to make the patient whole again.

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