Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Overview

In July 2003, the Washington University Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery (WUFMIS) — a one-year clinical fellowship — was established.  Dr. L. Michael Brunt serves as fellowship director. WUFMIS participates in the Fellowship Council Match Program.

The fellowship includes both clinical surgical training and a clinical research component. The fellow works with  attending physicians who have significant practices in minimally invasive upper gastrointestinal (GI) and abdominal surgery: L. Michael Brunt, MD; and J. Christopher Eagon, MD. Operative care is provided at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the affiliated Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in St. Louis County. On average, the fellow is involved in surgical procedures three-and-a-half days a week, serves in the clinic one half day a week and works on research projects one day a week. A representative case log is shown below. The fellow works during the first month of the fellowship to develop a clinical research program. The remainder of the year is then available for carrying out planned research projects as well as pursuing other academic interests.



Case

Yearly Total

Percentage

Lap gastric bypass

48

22%

Lap Nissen

27

12%

Lap paraesophageal hernia

15

7%

Lap Heller myotomy

9

4%

Lap gastric resection

6

3%

Lap appy

6

3%

Lap incisional hernia

15

7%

Lap adrenal

12

5%

Lap CBDE

6

3%

Other advanced lap

3

1%

TOTAL ADVANCED LAP

147

67%

Lap chole

27

12%

Lap inguinal hernia

6

3%

Other basic lap

6

3%

TOTAL BASIC LAP

39

18%

TOTAL LAP

186

85%

Open cases

33

15%

TOTAL CASES

219



The application process is open from June through November. Prospective fellows with questions may contact Fellowship Director L. Michael Brunt, MD