The Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship provides a variety of educational opportunities to the clinical fellow. The Department of Surgery has a Surgery Skills Education Office that houses a laparoscopic surgery simulator laboratory in Wohl Hospital on the Medical Center campus. Debra Tiemann, RN, is the surgical skills education coordinator. Inanimate trainer boxes and endoscopic towers are available in the Clinical Sciences Research Building and Heifitz Library in the Kingshighway Building on the North Campus. Dr. Klingensmith and Dr. Matthews were instrumental in developing Laparoscopy 101: A Resource for Surgical Education,™ a program that is used for resident and fellow education.
The fellow has the opportunity to attend educational forums sponsored by W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.; Karl Storz Endoscopy, Inc.; and Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. Each meeting provides a unique experience for the fellow with instruction in clinical and/or academic practice development, minimally invasive technology, bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal surgery and solid organ surgery. The meetings also provide the fellow with opportunities to interact with his or her peers in minimally invasive surgery fellowships and with leaders in laparoscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgery technology. The fellow attends the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Funding also is available for the fellow to attend one or two other national meetings depending on the research and clinical interest of the fellow and abstracts he or she submits.
Weekly and monthly conferences are scheduled to serve as a forum for case presentations and multidisciplinary management of common and complex biliary, pancreatic, gastrointestinal, hematologic, endocrine and metabolic disorders. Cases are presented at the Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Surgery Conference (Mondays, 7-8 a.m.) and Endocrine Conference (second and fourth Fridays, 7-8 a.m.). Collegial dialogue among Surgery, Gastroenterology, Radiology, Pathology, Endocrinology, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology provides guidelines for patient management. The Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery has a monthly conference (third Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.) to discuss emerging technologies in minimally invasive surgery. Washington University Department of Surgery faculty and invited faculty are responsible for weekly Surgery Grand Rounds (Wednesday, 7-8 a.m.). Minimally invasive surgery applications are reviewed and discussed during this conference.