Advanced GI & Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

The University at Buffalo Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Program provides a structured educational experience necessary to achieve expertise in minimally invasive surgery techniques relating to advanced GI surgery while also providing exposure to laparoscopic and bariatric procedures.

Educational Curriculum

Clinical experience is gained through progressive responsibility and increased autonomy over the course of the one-year fellowship. The fellow will gain exposure and experience to upper GI, bariatric, colorectal, hernia, solid organ, urologic, and thoracic procedures. They will learn techniques in robotic assisted laparoscopic and thoracoscopic operations. The fellow will also be exposed to complex open gastrointestinal and hepatopancreaticobiliary procedures.

Dr. Schwaitzberg and 2018-2019 fellow, Dr. Arianne Train at Research Day.

Dr. Schwaitzberg and 2018-2019 fellow, Dr. Arianne Train at Research Day

The University at Buffalo Advanced MIS Fellowship follows the national curriculum set forth by the Fellowship Council.

In addition to the objectives provided by the Fellowship Council, our fellowship aims to:

  1. Train the fellow in robotic surgery.
  2. Fellow to obtain LINX credentialing.
  3. Provide a dedicated teaching experience in which the fellow educates other learners.
  4. Incorporate a research experience which can be presented at SAGES.

Rotation Schedule

Rotation Supervisor
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Endoscopy/GI Dr. Schwaitzberg
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman
Laparoscopic/Bariatric Dr. Hoffman

All rotations are located at Buffalo General Medical Center.

Case Volume & Variety

Hoffman and Posner.

The fellow must log at least 150 cases in advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery (exclusive of basic MIS cases) by the completion of the 1-year fellowship.

Expected Case Volume

  • 80 Stapled Bariatric
  • 50 General Laparoscopic
  • 50 Foregut
  • 35 Hernia
  • 25 Colorectal
  • 150 Endoscopic Procedures
  • 25 Bypasses
  • 50 Sleeves

Scholarly Activity & Didactics

Lecture hall.
  • M&M Conference
  • Department of Surgery Grand Rounds (attend & present)
  • Bariatric QA Meeting (quarterly)
  • NSQIP Outcome Project
  • Journal Club focused on MIS topics (monthly)
  • Submit one original manuscript for publication
  • SAGES: Fundamentals of Endoscopy Surgery curriculum
  • National Meetings: SAGES & ACS
  • Present at Advanced Upper GI conference (monthly)
  • FUSE Certification
Yang and Schwaitzberg.

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective Fellows are required to have completed an ACGME accredited residency program in General Surgery. In addition, applicants must be certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery. We sponsor J-1 visas only.

Application Process

Starting in December, applications will be accepted via the FEC website. Selected candidates will be notified by March of their invitation to interview. During the interview, candidates will meet with the Program Director, Associate Program Director, contributing faculty and current fellow. Fellows will be matched using a computer process overseen by the Communications Committee.

Administration

Program Director

Aaron Hoffman.

Aaron Hoffman, MD

Program Director; Clinical Associate Professor; Division Chief of General Surgery

Department of Surgery

Buffalo General Medical Center, 100 High Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 859-7581

Email: abh2@buffalo.edu

Associate Program Director

Posner, Alan

Alan Posner, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Buffalo General Medical Center, Department of Surgery, 100 High Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 859-3196; Fax: (716) 859-2737

Email: arposner@buffalo.edu

Training Program Administrator

Melissa Beckman.

Melissa Beckman

Training Program Administrator

Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Building, 3rd Floor, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-3627; Fax: (716) 898-5029

Email: mbeckman@buffalo.edu

Coordinator

Susan Petri.

Susan Petri

Assistant Training Program Administrator

Surgery

Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Building, 3rd Floor, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-6515; Fax: (716) 898-5029

Email: spetri@buffalo.edu

Contact

Training Program Administrator

Melissa Beckman.

Melissa Beckman

Training Program Administrator

Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Building, 3rd Floor, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-3627; Fax: (716) 898-5029

Email: mbeckman@buffalo.edu