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International Visiting Scholar Opportunities in Minimally Invasive Surgery
University of Hawai’i Surgical Innovation, Technology and Education Center
(UH SITE Center), Queen’s Medical Center
Honolulu, Hawai’i

I. Rationale
Technological advances have dramatically changed traditional general surgery in the last few years. Most surgeons completing credentialed residency programs are currently inadequately prepared to apply these advances in a useful fashion. Additionally, the application of this new technology must be performed by experienced individuals in a structured setting allowing the responsible development and critical review of new techniques and practices in minimally invasive surgery that can then be applied on a larger scale.
It is the goal of this program to:

  1. Expose trained surgeons to advanced application of new techniques in minimally invasive surgery and new technology in surgical care.
  2. Prepare individuals to train others in the application of this new technology.
  3. To include this individual in the development of the new application of technology and provide the individual with the guidance and the resources to develop independent investigational projects evaluating treatment modalities in minimally invasive surgery.

II. Curriculum

  1. The time frame is flexible based on the individual preference. We feel a minimum experience of one month and maximum of 6 months is necessary to achieve the goals of the program.
  2. The laparoscopic experience will include training through observation in advanced surgical techniques including hernia repair, bowel resection, gastroesophageal surgery, bariatric surgery and solid organ removal.
  3. Observation of flexible endoscopy, including diagnostic, therapeutic and advanced upper and lower endoscopy of the GI tract will be available.
  4. The scholar will be trained in methods of instruction for basic laparoscopic and advanced laparoscopic techniques and skills in animate and inanimate models, as well as in the operating room.
  5. The scholar will be given the opportunity and expected to participate and institute investigational projects on the pathophysiology of laparoscopy, development of experimental techniques, and the impact of minimally invasive surgical techniques on the practice of surgery.

* It would be expected that the clinical material content and experience be tailored to the individual’s desire and would be scheduled in advance.

III. Program Site

  1. Clinical material will be obtained at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu Hawaii
  2. John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  3. Administrative Space
  4. Office space is available for the identified scholar within the Department of Surgery UH tower, 1356 Lusitana Street Honolulu HI 96813.

IV. Scholar Responsibilities

  1. Clinical
    1. Evaluate patients preoperatively with teaching faculty.
    2. Observe surgery by the teaching faculty.
    3. Assist in postoperative care in conjunction with resident staff under the supervision of teaching faculty.
    4. Assist faculty with teaching residents basic laparoscopic procedures in the operating room.
  2. Educational and Teaching Responsibilities
    1. Prepare and attend monthly minimally invasive surgery conferences.
    2. Attend weekly surgical conference at the University of Hawaii Surgery program.
    3. Attend morbidity and mortality conferences at the participating institutions.
    4. Participate in instruction of basic and laparoscopic techniques to PGY1, PGY2, and PGY3 residents in a laparoscopic training lab at John A. Burns School of Medicine facility.
    5. Participate in the instruction of surgeons within the community who desire advanced practical experience within the animal laboratory facilities.
    6. Participate as an instructor or lecturer in advanced laparoscopic training courses in animal models.
  3. Assist in the collection and interpretation of data for ongoing clinical and experimental programs.

V. Academic Requirements

  1. Completion of a recognized training program in general surgery.
  2. A desire to develop expertise and experience in various aspects of Minimally Invasive Surgery.
  3. Competency in written and spoken English

VI. Selection Requirements

  1. Must be eligible for a J-1 Visa (or equivalent).
  2. Must have proof of health insurance for the duration of the stay.
  3. Must show proof financial responsibility. There is no stipend or scholarship available from the University of Hawaii Surgical Program. Scholars must cover all expenses, including housing, food, utilities and other unforeseen expenses (estimated at $1000 US dollars/month).
  4. A phone interview will be conducted with selected applicants.
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