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Bariatric Surgery Fellowship - Curriculum & Details


Upon completion of training the fellow will:

  • Achieve competence in advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery including Bariatrics, Foregut Surgery (Gastrectomy, Nissen, Achalasia, para-esophageal) Hernias, complex, and technically challenging cases.
  • The Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship – program is designed to provide advanced training in performing laparoscopic procedures. This non-ACGME accredited fellowship is based at one hospital (South Sacramento Kaiser Permanente Medical Center).
  • The fellow is only involved in advanced laparoscopic procedures as mentioned above. We anticipate our fellow will eventually become competent in these advanced minimally invasive procedures (laparoscopic gastric bypass, Nissen fundoplication, and hernia).


Weekly fellowship teaching rounds Weekly Tumor Board
Weekly Morbidity & Mortality
Weekly Surgical Grand Rounds
Monthly Surgical Journal Club

Clinical Training

Fellows will participate in all aspects of patient care. Rotations with surgeons performing bariatric, gastrointestinal, colorectal and broad-based general surgery will be provided.

Didactic Training

Fellows will also participate in all conferences within the Department of Surgery, including Surgical Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, and the Medical/Surgical Conference.

Research Training

Fellows will be expected to participate in clinical research studies, either prospective or retrospective in nature. In addition, Fellows may pursue collaboration with basic sciences at other medical facilities in the area.

Publications and Presentations

It is anticipated that each of the prospective studies developed will generate results and information suitable for publication in a major surgery journal. One critical manuscript is expected. This may include a major subject review, case report (limited to one only), a retrospective review, or a video case presentation.

Teaching Opportunities

Opportunities are available for teaching surgery residents and medical students


Fellows are required to participate in the medical student teaching

Minimally Invasive Modules/Lectures

Education is a critical component of the fellowship curriculum. Fellows are involved in the training of General Surgery during conferences. The Fellows are responsible for the development of presentations, as well as teaching of medical students.

National Meetings

The program encourages attendance at national meetings. All fellows wishing to attend must submit an abstract, poster, or video for presentation to the approved national meeting.

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