Bariatric Surgery Fellowship
The Tower Health, Reading Hospital Bariatric Surgery Fellowship expands on the education that a trainee has completed in a general surgery residency. Reading Hospital, flagship hospital for Tower Health, is located about one hour from Philadelphia. It is the major health system providing care for about 500,000 people in Berks County, PA and the surrounding regions. Reading Hospital is a 750- bed regional and referral hospital in addition to a Level 1 Trauma Center. Reading Hospital completed their expansion in 2016 to include 24 new, state-of-the art operating rooms equipped with the most advanced minimally invasive and video technology, including four Da Vinci robots. As part of the design, the operating room utilized a video capture technology that would allow for the cases to be recorded and stored in a secure cloud location. We have access to these recordings utilizing our computers in the office or at home. We are able to review our cases to learn from any challenges and more importantly to educate our fellows and ourselves on how to improve the technique and the flow of the surgery. Each year we edit multiple videos and submit them for presentation at major conferences both in the United States and around the world.
Tower Health has recently expanded by purchasing six additional hospitals in the eastern region of the state. These hospitals provide referrals to the bariatric program in Reading, thus effectively expanding the population we serve to exceed 2 million people.
Reading Hospital has been actively involved in medical training for over 50 years. There are independent residencies in General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Transitional Year and Fellowships in Trauma/Surgical Critical Care as well as Bariatric Surgery.
Tower Health has major affiliations including Drexel University. Drexel University and Tower Health have partnered to open a new medical school in Reading, PA. in 2021. Presently there are third and fourth year medical students from Drexel University rotating through our institution.
The Bariatric Surgery Fellow completes their training having performed 300-400 bariatric operations which greatly exceeds the requirements of the ASMBS. This includes over 100 gastric bypasses, 150 sleeve gastrectomy’s, 50 duodenal switches, and 40 revisional cases. Other procedures include diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies, cholecystectomies, ventral hernia repairs, and emergency cases. The fellow will finish with extensive robotic experience and will also gain experience with laparoscopic surgery. The fellow will have the opportunity to be involved in several ongoing research projects and will be supported to initiate a clinical research project. The fellow oversees the care for all bariatric surgery patients in the hospital, performing daily rounds and providing care for each one individually.
The fellow will be in the Operating Room at least 4 days a week, performing an average of 8 to 10 bariatric operations a week in addition to other minimally invasive and endoscopic procedures. The Fellow will see patients in the out-patient clinic for initial evaluation, preoperative and postoperative care.
The comprehensive bariatric surgery center is certified by the MBSAQIP of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. It is fully staffed with 2 Internists, 1 Pediatrician, 1 Psychologist, 2 Nurse Practitioners, 3 bariatric nurses, 5 dietitians, 9 medical assistants and 4 bariatric surgeons. The group has extensive laparoscopic, robotic and endoscopic experience having collectively performed over 6,500 bariatric operations. The educational program for the fellow will follow the recommendations of the ASMBS curriculum. The fellow will attend weekly M&M conference, quarterly bariatric quality committee meetings and the weekly clinical care committee meetings. The fellow will be responsible for completing a clinical research project for presentation and publication. There is also plenty of opportunity for research that is supported by the institution. There will be a quarterly meeting with the Program Director and other attending surgeons to evaluate the progress of the fellow.
Call will be from home and shared with the 4 attending bariatric surgeons.
This program will train one bariatric surgeon each year and prepare the fellow to meet all the criteria to become credentialed by the ASMBS at the end of the fellowship. Please click here for more information - The Fellowship Council.
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