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International Bariatric Surgery Fellowship

The International Bariatric Surgery fellowship based at the International Institute of Metabolic Medicine (IIMM), lasts 1 year and aims to train the general surgeon to become a specialist and academic leader in minimally invasive surgical techniques and procedures. advanced. These include advanced gastrointestinal, bariatric, hepatobiliary, and diagnostic-therapeutic endoscopic procedures. Our diverse and dedicated faculty guides fellows through the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and advanced laparoscopic and endoscopic treatment of the esophagus, solid organs, morbid obesity, and complex hernias. The fellow will learn advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques including total esophagectomy, Heller myotomy, antireflux operations, adrenalectomies, sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, as well as state-of-the-art endoscopic bariatric procedures, in collaboration with the Center for the Future of Surgery (CFS) from the University of California San Diego (UCSD).


Our esophageal motility center at the IIMM provides the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of esophageal physiology and perform esophageal manometry and 24-hour pH and Bravo studies. At CFS, fellows will be exposed to da Vinci Robotic Surgical Systems for use in research and training. In addition, we have a robust teaching and simulation program that focuses on the education and surgical simulation of residents, fellows, and medical students using our multi-million dollar wet/dry laboratory for simulation and research. This program includes fellowship training in weekly wet and dry laboratory procedures that simulate complex surgical conditions and procedures.

The fellow is expected to teach surgical residents and medical students fundamental techniques in laparoscopic, robotic, and endoscopic surgery, and lecture to students in the surgical rotation and general surgery residents on select minimally surgical topics. invasive. The fellow is expected to attend and participate in all Department of Surgery didactic teaching conferences, as well as present and discuss cases at the monthly gastrointestinal multidisciplinary conference, which covers patients with complex esophageal disease and occasionally present at the monthly X-ray sessions.


Nurse Anesthesiologist Postgraduate Course

As a testament of our commitment to supporting professional development, critical thinking and education in our region, the International Institute of Metabolic Medicine presents the first certification for nursing in anesthesia in the nation. We are a program with university affiliation and expert faculty dedicated to teaching. Under the supervision of the IIMM, the student will gain access to internationally recognized academic anesthesiologists, state-of-the-art facilities, and become familiar with the use of the most advanced technology for the performance and assistance of anesthetic procedures.


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