Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship

The University of Florida Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship is a one-year program designed to expand the skills and knowledge of the fellow both clinically and academically. The fellowship’s focus includes minimally invasive approaches to treating diseases of the foregut, colon, solid organs, hernia, and treatment of morbid obesity. An important component of the fellowship program is Bariatric surgery, which provides training focusing on the surgical management of morbid obesity and the pre- and postoperative care of Bariatric patients.

At the completion of the fellowship, the skill set of the fellow will be enhanced such that he/she can perform a wide variety of advanced laparoscopic procedures including laparoscopic gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomies, and gastric bypass. Additionally, we expect the fellow to be an integral part of teaching laparoscopy to general surgery residents in the laboratory and operating room settings. Clinical research activity will also be mandatory as it will help the fellow develop and implement research projects related to the content areas of the fellowship.

The purpose of our program is to create a learning environment that focuses on objective-driven education that will challenge learners and encourage critical thinking. An excellent didactic and operative program will provide the structure to acquire the depth of knowledge that will serve as the foundation for sound surgical judgment and evidence-based solutions. Surgical trainees will be prepared to deliver excellent patient care addressing the great diversity of pathology that exists at the University of Florida. Hence, the opportunities for the UF MIS fellow have few bounds, and we are motivated to increase our academic presence nationally by training and producing industrious fellows. It is our intention that those individuals who train in the UF Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship will establish a base on which to build their future careers either in academic surgery or in surgical practice.

Importantly, we instill in our trainees a purpose and commitment to the patient, a confidence based on self education for lifelong learning, and a professionalism that will allow them to adapt to the ever-changing environment of surgery.