The University of Missouri bariatric fellowship is a one-year fellowship designed to help fellows become expert clinicians managing patients with obesity. In addition, because of the similarities between Bariatric surgery and general surgery particularly forgut surgery there is extensive experience gained in laparoscopic general and forgut surgery.
The fellowship provides comprehensive education in the management of obese patients including preoperative and postoperative care of weight loss surgery patients. Surgical expertise is gained in the full spectrum of weight loss procedures including laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic Roux en Y gastric bypass, and laparoscopic duodenal switch. In addition, extensive experience is gained in basic as well as complex revisional bariatric surgery providing fellows with experience in the complete management of the bariatric patient. Through a robust non surgical weight loss program, fellows will gain experience in the use of anti-obesity medications in lieu of surgery or to augment weight loss after weight loss surgery.
Robotic surgery is also utilized in our bariatric surgery so robotic experience will be gained during the fellowship. Because the University of Missouri is a tertiary referral center for a very large area of the state, fellows will gain experience in dealing with complex patients transferred to the weight-loss center. This will provide the fellows experience in dealing with complex patients, experience that cannot be achieved through simply treating straightforward patients having primary weight-loss procedures. This will provide the fellows with a confidence level to be successful in their career no matter what direction it takes them.
Fellows will have a robust research experience that can be tailored to fit the fellows’ needs. Research opportunities are available ranging from basic science research to clinical trials as well as outcomes research. Biostatistician support is available to allow the fellows to be productive in conducting research and publishing manuscripts. Additional research support personnel are available to assist in conducting high quality research.
Experience will be gained through participation in quality improvement meetings, involvement in process flow discussions, education in billing and coding, as well as in establishing and running a bariatric program. Whether graduating fellows are pursuing employment in private practice, non-academic employment or academic surgery, an appropriate foundation will be developed to help the fellow be successful in whatever career path is chosen.
The program recently as of 2019 gained full Fellowship Council Accreditation for 2 fellows per year. The 2018-2019 fellow completed 500 operations and over 750 procedure. Extensive experience is gained in basic to complex endoscopy including surgical endoscopy. This skill set will serve the fellow well in a future bariatric career to treat the full range of bariatric surgery problems.
Please contact Program Coordinator Sarah Brown for more information: (573) 882-5609 or BrownSarah@health.missouri.edu