The Advanced GI MIS Fellowship at VCU Medical Center is focused on the evaluation and management of patients with advanced foregut and abdominal wall issues as well as clinically severe obesity. The fellowship offers experience in surgical weight loss procedures including laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and complex revisional operations. In addition, the fellowship provides the opportunity to become proficient in minimally invasive complex foregut, hernia, and colon and rectal procedures for benign disease.
Foregut experience may include, but not be limited to, laparoscopic esophagectomy, esophagocardiomyotomy, paraesophageal and hiatal hernia repair, partial and complete fundoplasty, and others. The fellowship provides a comprehensive experience in laparoscopic, and open hernia repair and complex abdominal wall reconstruction including in depth experience with various types of biologic, hybrid, and synthetic mesh constructs. An important component of the fellowship remains the one-on-one mentorship that extends beyond the operating room.
RESEARCH & SERVICE EXPERIENCE
Fellows are expected to conduct at least one clinical research project that leads to at least one abstract, one presentation at a local, regional, or national meeting, and submission of one manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. While the research topic(s) may be dictated by the fellow and participating faculty, a large bariatric database is available and easily accessible. The faculty and full-time statistician will provide assistance and mentorship during this process. Fellows are encouraged to augment their clinical education by leading the MIS Conference, attending educational hands-on training courses, and participating in simulation-based training of surgical residents and medical students at the VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety. Fellows are strongly encouraged to serve the surgical community through involvement in local, regional, and/or national committees. The type and extent of involvement is depended on fellow interest.
Operative experience will take place primarily at VCU Health's MCV Hospital, a 950-bed teaching hospital associated with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. VCU Health is located in downtown Richmond, and is a regional referral center for the Commonwealth of Virginia, offering more than 200 specialty areas, many of national and international note including the VCU Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. The facilities include state-of-the-art operating suites for minimally invasive procedures as well as robotics. VCU Medical Center stands alone in the Commonwealth of Virginia as the only institution certified by the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center with Adolescent Qualifications. In addition, the fellow will participate in teaching of surgical residents and students in the VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety, a brand new 25,000 square foot facility in the McGlothin Medical Education Center.
Basic Program Information:
- Location: Richmond, Virginia
- Primary Program Site: VCU Medical Center
- Secondary Program Site: Chippenham Johnston-Willis Medical Center
- University Affiliation: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
- Year Program Established: 2000
- % of Program Clinical: 90
- % of Program Research: 10
Contact Information For Questions:
- Dry Lab
- Administrative Support
- Clinical Research
- Simulation Lab
- Telemedicine capabilities
Clinical Outpatient Experience:
The outpatient experience includes the leadership of a weekly faculty-supervised bariatric surgery clinic where pre- and post-operative patients are comprehensively evaluated and managed with the assistance of a bariatric nurse practioner and surgical trainees. In addition, the outpatient experience includes time spent with each VCU faculty member in more broad-based MIS / bariatric clinics where patients with foregut, hernia, pancreas, and colon & rectal issues are evaluated and managed. During the outpatient experience, fellows will demonstrate proficiency in outpatient minor procedures and band adjustments.
Fellows are expected to conduct at least one clinical research project that leads to at least one abstract, one presentation at a local, regional, or national meeting, and submission of one manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. While the research topic(s) may be dictated by the fellow and participating faculty, a large bariatric database is available and easily accessible. The faculty and full-time statistician will provide assistance and mentorship during this process.
To apply to this program, visit The Fellowship Council website