Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship
The Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow will seek to develop technical proficiency in advanced laparoscopic surgery and advanced gastrointestinal procedures through direct patient care and literature review.
The Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship is a full-time clinical position for surgeons who have completed their general surgical training and are either board-eligible or board-certified in General Surgery. The fellowship is fully accredited by the Fellowship Council and more information is available at the website. The fellow will report to Dr. David Rattner, the Fellowship Director and Chief of the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, and will primarily be stationed at Mass General, but will also spend one month each at the Brigham & Women's Hospital. Applications for the fellowship can only be made through the Fellowship Council's website.
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- Must have completed five years of general surgical training and be board-eligible. Must have full Massachusetts medical license and Federal and State DEA Licensure.
- Must have demonstrated excellent surgical skills, leadership, and teaching abilities as well as the ability to make timely and effective decisions.
- Must be an accessible, calm, mature, and fair individual with strong interpersonal skills that permit him/her to establish credibility with more junior trainees as well as senior staff of different disciplines.
- A background in basic and/or clinical investigation and demonstration of scholarly attributes in teaching are desirable.
- Must exhibit professionalism and commitment to lifelong learning.
Goals of Training Program:
- To achieve technical proficiency in the procedures and tasks necessary to perform advanced laparoscopic surgery. These procedures include, but are not limited to, laparoscopic hernia repair, laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic obesity surgery, and laparoscopic solid organ removal.
- To understand the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative management of patients with diseases that are treated by minimally invasive techniques.
- To understand the equipment used in minimally invasive procedures.
- To improve skills in flexible endoscopy and interventional radiology.
- To gain familiarity with the surgical literature in depth as it pertains to minimally invasive surgery.
- To contribute to the surgical literature in subjects related to minimally invasive surgery.
- To enhance the minimally invasive surgery experience of the surgical residents.
Plan to Accomplish Goals:
- Fellow to participate in all laparoscopic procedures on both private and trauma/emergency surgery patients and to submit operative log to Fellowship Director on a monthly basis.
- Fellow to actively participate in care of patients whom he/she has operated on, including reviewing patient’s record and diagnostic studies prior to surgery, completing daily rounds on the patient, and preparing discharge summaries and prescriptions.
- Fellow is expected to attend follow-up visits of patients whom he/she has operated on and is expected to participate in the management of all complications that develop in his/her patients.
- When not in the OR or outpatient setting, the fellow is expected to devote time to improving skills in flexible endoscopy and interventional radiology. The fellow is expected to submit a log of these procedures to the Program Director each month.
- Fellow is expected to conduct bi-weekly skills teaching sessions in the laparoscopic simulation laboratory. In combination with faculty members, the fellow will help teach basic laparoscopic skills to all residents rotating on the general surgical services to ensure a basic proficiency level. Faculty will assess the effectiveness of the mentoring process by observing the change in basic skills such as knot tying and suture placement over the course of each 2-month resident rotation.
- Fellow will be an active participant and educator during resident conferences and journal clubs, including providing reviews of the minimally invasive surgery literature.
- Fellow will work with a faculty mentor to write at least one original article to contribute to the existing literature on minimally invasive surgery.
The fellow will participate in all laparoscopic procedures performed on the private surgical service.
Each fellow is expected to participate in a clinical or basic research project and produce a minimum of one original article during the course of the one-year fellowship. The Program Director will help the fellow identify an appropriate faculty member to mentor the research project. The Mass General Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery has a clinical research nurse who is able to assist with this process.
To apply, please visit The Fellowship Council's website.