2022-2023 Clinical Advanced GI MIS Fellowship Opportunity Available – August 1, 2022


Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
Date Posted: April 26, 2022

Advanced GI MIS Fellowship Program at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson. This is a one-year Fellowship. As part of a major academic medical center, the Advanced GI MIS Fellowship Program at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson excels in training, research, and clinical programs. Our dual purpose is to train those who will provide top quality patient care and academic leadership in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Applicants must have an interest in developing advanced skills in minimally invasive, robotic, and flexible endoscopy, as well as acquiring experience in management of obesity, foregut diseases and abdominal wall hernias. The fellow’s training experience will be spent primarily in general, upper GI and bariatric surgery procedures such as hiatal hernia repair and fundoplication, revisional foregut surgery, Heller myotomy, primary bariatric (gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy) and revisional procedures, inguinal hernia, complex ventral hernia, and diagnostic and therapeutic flexible endoscopy. The robotic platform is used for a large volume of the cases, but the main emphasis is to train versatile minimally invasive surgeons with advanced laparoscopic skills who can adapt to different practices after graduation. Graduates of this program are expected to be able to carry out advanced laparoscopic operations independently, to develop and manage a center of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and to teach the fundamental and advanced laparoscopic skills. Fellows are also expected to graduate as a certified robotic surgeon. The fellow will work closely with fellowship-trained surgeons and will participate in medical student and resident education. The fellow is also involved in our Advanced Laparoscopic Resident Training Course. The fellow has dedicated research time. This time is allocated for active engagement with our research team focusing on the fellow’s research area of interest. This includes active participation in our weekly MIS research meeting focusing on general and metabolic surgery, outcome research and surgical education. The program has a strong emphasis on operative experience and development of clinical and administrative skills as part of a structured curriculum to assist the fellow to transition to independent practice. The Fellow will earn responsibilities as time progresses. This includes taking non-trauma emergency general surgery call as a junior attending faculty member with appropriate back-up. The fellow will also be taught basic and advanced robotic surgical skills in a stepwise fashion to master its application in foregut, bariatric and hernia surgery cases. In addition, the fellow will be exposed to the fundamentals of esophageal physiology, high-resolution manometry 24-hour ph/impedance monitoring and Bravo study. Licensure Requirements and Information: • Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited General Surgery Residency program and should be eligible to take the American Board of Surgery exam. • The fellow is appointed as a Clinical Instructor at The University of Arizona and must be eligible and receive an Arizona unrestricted medical license prior to the intended start date. For more information about the Arizona Medical Board, please visit their website at http://www.azmd.gov • Applicants must meet all necessary credentialing guidelines of Banner – University Medical Center.

How To Apply

Applicants should submit the following documents via email: Current CV * Personal Statement * Three letters of recommendations * ABSITE scores * USMLE scores. All questions and application materials should be sent to Debbie Sherrow, Program Manager at dsherrow@arizona.edu with subject “Clinical Advanced GI MIS Fellowship”. Please do not send documents to any other program email. No phones call or faxes, please.

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