Residency Training in Minimally Invasive Surgery
The Brown University Medical School Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery provides training in minimally invasive surgical procedures to all residents in the Surgical Residency of Brown University as an integral part of their training.
Exposure is gained in all areas of laparoscopic surgery including gallbladder surgery, appendectomy, diagnostic procedures, antireflux surgery, solid organ surgery, colorectal surgery, common bile duct surgery, hernia surgery, gynecologic and colorectal surgery.
Residents are encouraged to participate in all workshops and conferences provided by the division during the year. Experience in flexible endoscopy is an important part of the surgical residency and is provided by the Division of Colorectal Surgery.
The residency training program at Brown University includes a monthly workshop. The purpose of this program is to provide residents with broad experience in laparoscopic surgery by training residents in inanimate and animate models to improve their technical and cognitive abilities in minimally invasive surgery. Residents in the program are required to participate once per month in this layered program which builds on past experiences in the program.
Areas are divided into the following resident categories:
- 5th year - Fundoplication, GI anastomosis, colectomy and obesity surgery
- 4th year - Splenectomy, adrenalectomy and nephrectomy
- 3rd year - Common bile duct exploration, hernia repair, and laparoscopic knot tying and suturing
- 2nd year - Cholecystectomy, appendectomy, laparoscopic knot tying and suturing
- 1st year - Diagnostic laparoscopy, laparoscopic trainer, instrument manipulation, equipment set-up and trouble shooting
Residents are required to document proficiency in the areas of one level prior to moving on to the next level.