The University at Buffalo Department of Surgery is excited to announce that we will be starting an (unaccredited) Bariatric Surgery Fellowship in August 2022. We intend to apply for accreditation from the Fellowship Council as well.
The University at Buffalo Bariatric Fellowship provides exclusively and predominantly bariatric surgical training. The fellow is exposed to a variety of surgical experiences and many advanced procedures. The clinical experience is gained through progressive responsibility and increased autonomy over the course of the one-year fellowship.
We aim to train individuals who are committed to not only advancing their surgical skills and knowledge, but who are committed to providing exemplary care to the patients of Buffalo.
The fellowship follows the national Bariatric Surgery curriculum set forth by the Fellowship Council. In addition to the objectives provided by the Fellowship Council, elements unique to our UB fellowship include:
At the conclusion of the fellowship in Bariatric Surgery, the fellow will be able to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical & surgical care to patients with morbid obesity and obesity related diseases. This will include the ability to investigate, diagnose, recommend therapeutic options, perform operative procedures, and provide all aspects of care, including pre-operative, peri-operative, and late postoperative care. To achieve this goal, this curriculum provides a guide to the topics for study, and the knowledge and skills required to become a Bariatric Surgeon.
The goals of the UB Bariatric Surgery Fellowship are to train the fellow to:
Fellows will be responsible for continuity of care, including pre and post‑hospital experience. Chief residents will not be assigned to the same service as the fellow.
Majority of the fellow’s time will be spent at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) on the Bariatric Surgery service with our core faculty. Also, at ECMC, the fellow has opportunities to join advanced hernia cases, foregut cases, ERCPs, manometry procedures, and others at the request of the fellow.
The fellow has the opportunity to rotate at the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (MFSH) where they can gain exposure to manometry, pH studying, ERCP, robotics, hernia repair, and others. Time spent at MFSH will be determined based on the current fellow’s needs and interests. Site Director, Dr. Eleanor Fung alerts the fellow to appropriate learning opportunities/cases that arise at MFSH which will not conflict with resident cases/teams.
· Fellow goes to SAGES Endoscopy course
· Participate in POEMs, GPOEMs, and ERCPs at MFSH
· Participate in ERCPs at ECMC
· Participate in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies at ECMC
Below is a sample of a typical monthly schedule for the fellow:
|Bariatric Clinic||OR ECMC/Adv Endo MFSH ||Bariatric Clinic || |
|Endoscopy ECMC ||OR ECMC ||Bariatric Clinic || |
|Bariatric Clinic |
|Bariatric Clinic || |
|Endoscopy ECMC ||OR ECMC/Adv Endo MFSH ||Bariatric Clinic || |
|Bariatric Clinic |
Upon graduation, fellows will have completed the minimum number of cases required to allow for “certification” as a bariatric surgeon.
Sydney Rojek, M.Ed
Surgical Fellowship Administrator
Department of Surgery
Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Bldg., 3rd Fl., 462 Grider St., Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 997-8537