Founded in 1992, the clinical fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the first formal training programs for minimally invasive surgery established in the United States. We currently offer a one-year position each academic year (July 1-June 30) to a very highly qualified individual.
With the formation of the Division of Laparoscopic Surgery in 1992, we were one of the first medical schools in the United States to recognize the field as a distinct specialty within general surgery. We now boast one of the nation's most clinically active minimally invasive surgery programs. This provides our laparoscopic fellow with an unparalleled exposure to diverse minimally invasive procedures and techniques.
Our original Division of Laparoscopic Surgery has transformed into the Garlock Division of General Surgery with three distinct areas of clinical focus: general, endocrine, and bariatric/metabolic surgery. This interdisciplinary division was formed to capitalize on the unique clinical, research, and educational opportunities presented by the synergy of these rapidly progressing fields.
As our fellow, you will spend the vast majority of the year working at The Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the busiest laparoscopic surgery groups on the East Coast, scrubbing on a large number of diverse procedures:
- Bariatric: laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band placement and removal, bioliopancreatic diversion/duodenal switch, and revisional procedures
- Colon and rectal: partial, subtotal, and total colectomy; ostomy formation and takedown; and benign and malignant indications
- Foregut: fundoplications, paraesophageal hernia repairs, Heller myotomies, and gastric/small bowel resections
- General: cholecystectomy, common bile duct exploration, laparoscopic inguinal and ventral hernia repair, complex hernia repairs (e.g., suprapubic, subxiphoid, flank), revisional hernias, and diagnostic laparoscopy
- Transplant: laparoscopic donor nephrectomy
You will participate in one or more clinical research projects during the year and are expected to present at a national meeting, generally the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons conference or the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery meeting. Multiple ongoing studies are available in which you can participate. Numerous opportunities to write review articles and book chapters are available. The fellow will present in departmental Grand Rounds and play an active role in the education of Mount Sinai residents and medical students.
How to Apply
The clinical fellowship in laparoscopic surgery participates in the minimally invasive surgery fellowship council application process. You must have completed a five-year general surgery residency program by the time you begin our program. All applicants from outside the United States and Canada must present proof of full Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates status. Application forms and full application instructions are available at The Fellowship Council website.
Once we receive all applications, we will invite a select group of highly qualified applicants for a visit and interview. We accept two fellows each year.
Our fellowship in laparoscopic surgery offers a competitive salary.