The West Penn Hospital – Allegheny Health Network Foregut Fellowship Program
2021-2022 Fellowship Year Positions Available (3)
The West Penn Hospital – Allegheny Health Network Esophageal Institute (EI) Foregut fellowship is a one-year fellowship designed to provide advanced Foregut surgery and endoscopic training to physicians who are trained in General Surgery and have an interest in diseases of the esophagus and stomach. The fellowship program emphasizes advanced endoscopic, laparoscopic, and minimally invasive surgical techniques in the management of patients with foregut disease. The Esophageal Institute’s clinical philosophy is to provide individualized care to these patients utilizing a multi-disciplinary team approach.
Educational and research opportunities are readily available to EI fellows. Fellows are provided the opportunity to lead a weekly esophageal disease case conference, multi-disciplinary tumor board, didactic lectures, and M&M discussions. Fellows have access to EI’s robust clinical research department as well as to a state-of-the-art laboratory. Lastly, in addition to hands-on training, fellows have access to a simulation lab.
The goals and objectives of the Allegheny Health Network’s Esophageal Institute fellowship program are fostered in an environment of progressively graded clinical and operative experience and responsibility. Each fellow will develop mature surgical judgment and operative skills and hone research interests in a multi-disciplinary setting. These experiences are intended to prepare him or her to provide independent surgical care to patients with a specialized focus on esophageal and gastric diseases.
Throughout the duration of the fellowship experience, the fellow will care for patients in the clinical and surgical environments and will have ample opportunity to participate in research. Fellows will evaluate patients in clinic and provide management guidance based on their assessments.
The program will focus on skill acquisition in the following areas: medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism and the systems based practice. Skill acquisition is accomplished through clinical education and graduated advancement as directed by expert instruction. In summary, the program provides a robust, appropriately supervised setting for developing minimally invasive surgical and advanced endoscopic techniques in the area of foregut surgery; opportunities for the fellow to acquire an in-depth knowledge of foregut disease; and the potential to develop academically and professionally, providing a smooth transition into independent practice.
Please contact Lee Hillman (Lee.Hillman2 @ ahn.org) at 412.578.3512 for more information.