Training & Curriculum

The focus of the one-year Advanced GI MIS/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship is to provide balanced exposure to advanced gastrointestinal/minimally invasive surgery cases as well as primary and revisional bariatrics, endoscopy and motility. This balance is achieved through two-month rotations on distinct services where emphasis is placed on specific knowledge base and technical development.

To augment these experiences, weekly educational conferences provide an opportunity for directed reading and presentations. At the conclusion of the year, the fellow will have reviewed the landmark literature that is the basis of the practice of gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery.

In addition, development of a clinical research project is required. Through mentored meetings, the fellow will have an opportunity for feedback on projects from experienced faculty. Fellows have had an excellent track record of submitting scholarly work to national meetings. Furthermore, an active collaboration is maintained with the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute, which maintains an active portfolio of funded basic science projects, allowing exposure to these projects to interested fellows.

At the conclusion of the program, fellows will have completed the curriculum prescribed by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, as well as the Fellowship Council. The fellowship has completed two accreditation cycles by the council and was certified as both advanced minimally invasive surgery and bariatrics.