What to Expect
We highlight our large clinical volume and the mix of laparoscopic and open procedures including re-operative bariatric and foregut surgery. Fellows will be supported by a junior resident and two mid-level providers (ARNP and PA) in addition to a full inter-disciplinary team including a bariatrician, dietitian, psychologist, cardiologist, pulmonologist, and endocrinologist.
This Fellowship Provides
- Comprehensive training in the surgical management of
obesity and complex GI disorders.
bariatric portion of the fellowship will focus on laparoscopic and robotic
gastric bypass and sleeve, along with duodenal switch.
- Our program is versed in complex endoscopy
and bariatric endoscopy.
- The other
portion of the fellowship will be dedicated to Advanced GI surgery,
specifically foregut, esophageal, hernia, and surgical endoscopy such as
- There were be a section of the
Fellowship dedicated to esophageal motility disorders, where you will work with
one of the leaders in the field to master manometry, pH studies, and swallow
studies deepening your knowledge of foregut pathology.
emphasis is placed on evidence-based outcomes and clinical research.
- The fellows will participate in all aspects of in- and out-patient care and the
daily running of a busy clinical practice and are expected to participate in
quality improvement projects and the MBSAQIP.
- In addition, the fellows are
expected to participate in clinical research projects based on our large
prospective database and to present their data at national meetings.
Special Features of this Fellowship
a systemic approach to case assignment where in the fellow does near all gastric
bypass procedures over the course of a year.
- The fellow will work in close relation with the residents in regard to complex
laparoscopic operations and sleeve gastrectomies.
- The fellow will advance and move into a teaching
assistant role over the course of the year.
- The fellow will supervise care of
all patients on the service in addition to 'staffing' residents on 'select'
general surgery procedures.
- The fellows are on home call for our service only
and do not cross-cover any other services. Night call is covered by residents
on the 'night float team'.
- The fellows are expected to participate in educating
medical students and training residents as part of their scholarly activities.
- There fellow will also host a
bariatric/foregut meeting with a predetermined curriculum.
- Another feature of our fellowship is our ability to tailor research opportunities based on the Fellows' interest and previous experience
State of the Art Training Centers
- Tampa General Hospital, our training affiliate is
named #1 hospital in Tampa Bay by the US News & World Report.
- The TGH & USF Health Bariatric Center is a 6,000 sq. ft. one-stop care clinic for
metabolic surgery and weight management. The center provides an extraordinary patient experience and enhances training of Fellows and other learners. The center will house an inter-disciplinary as well the outpatient clinic and research activities, with great emphasis placed on communication and team building.
completion of training, fellows will be able to establish and build
comprehensive programs for the treatment of obesity and minimally invasive
surgery. Fellows will learn leadership skills and business development and
communication skills so they will become effective leaders in their field.
Dr. Christopher DuCoin
Director of Bariatric Surgery
Chief, Section of Bariatric and MIS Surgery
Harbourside Medical Tower
5 Tampa General Circle, Suite 410
Tampa, FL 33606
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