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The Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatrics Fellowship Program

The Advanced GI MIS/Bariatric Fellowship Program

The UT Graduate School of Medicine offers an Advanced GI MIS/Bariartic Fellowship Program, considered the first of its kind. The program began in July 2014 as Advanced GI MIS. In 2018, the program received continued accreditation from the Fellowship Council with the bariatric designation. The Fellowship Council oversees 150 non-ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) fellowship programs related to minimally invasive surgery and other gastrointestinal surgical specialties. The program is offered within the Division of General Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

This fellowship program places the UT Graduate School of Medicine on the forefront of robotics fellowship training. Gregory Mancini, MD, Professor of Surgery and Advanced GI MIS/Bariatrics Fellowship Director, said minimally invasive robotics is a growing field of medicine with several benefits. Namely, the tools used to perform the surgery can move in multiple directions, unlike traditional laparoscopic surgery, so physicians have better range of motion. Also, a camera projects the operation onto a screen that provides the physician with a three-dimensional view of the surgical area, so surgeons have better visualization throughout the procedure.

The fellowship is a one-year program that includes advanced surgical training focusing on bariatric, foregut, and hernia surgery. Successful completion of this program will allow fellowship certification with both the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) surgical societies.

Application Process

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine is offering positions in a one-year Advanced GI/MIS Bariatric Fellowship.

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