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Funding Fellowships – Who is Responsible?
The mission of the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships (FSF) is to provide essential financial support for sustaining non-ACGME accredited fellowships. The FSF acknowledges and thanks all who donated to the FSF in 2014. More than ever before, the FSF has received broad-based support. In addition to support from industry, more individuals and more societies donated to the FSF in 2014 than ever before. Specifically, we want to express our gratitude to the SAGES, ASMBS, ASCRS, and the AHPBA for their contributions to the funding of these fellowships in 2014. These donations make a strong statement about the importance of the fellowships. In addition, a special thanks goes to the Fellowship Council for advocating on our behalf.
Funding of these fellowships is at a crossroads, despite the broad-based support in 2014. For economic and political reasons, some of the large donors from industry have significantly reduced support for future years. As previously disclosed, support for academic year 15/16 was significantly less than in previous years, and now that support has been further reduced for academic year 16/17. Our industry partners continue to work in a volatile and uncertain economic environment, and the level of support from industry in the future is unclear.
Despite that, the need for fellowship training is clear. More than 80% of graduating general surgery chief residents pursue fellowship training. In some cases the additional training is to meet a career goal, in other cases the fellowship training simply enables the surgeon to complete her skill set and develop mastery in her clinical areas of interest. The Fellowship Council oversees more than 180 non-ACGME accredited fellowships that provide advanced surgical training in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Flexible Endoscopy, Colorectal Surgery, HPB Surgery, and Thoracic Surgery. Most of these fellowships seek funding from the FSF, which has developed and implemented objective, arms-length, merit-based distribution of the available funding.
Going forward, funding for these fellowships requires the support of the entire surgical community. Additional donors and additional methods for funding these fellowships are urgently required.
Dennis Fowler, MD, MPH
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FSF Generations: Fellowships Continue To Transform
Written by Caitlin Halbert, MD
Deciding to pursue an MIS/Bariatric fellowship was certainly not easy for me. While professionally, it seemed an obvious choice, I was leaving my husband and family and moving states away for a year. Within days of coming to Stony Brook University in New York, I realize that my experience will be well worth the sacrifice.
The transition to fellowship was infinitely easier than going from medical school to internship. I was warmly welcomed and quickly integrated into the Stony Brook Bariatric team. The residents, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and administrative staff have already become my new family, united in the care of a grateful patient population.
As the weeks pass by, I recognize that this is much different than residency. I am studying the art of bariatric and advanced MIS surgery. I realize that despite having been exposed to a great deal of bariatric surgery in residency, I am learning something new every day about the variations within the procedures and new innovative techniques.
Having the opportunity to train at Stony Brook University with two remarkable role models, Dr. Pryor and Dr. Telem, is humbling. My education extends beyond the operating room, learning about how to build a practice and maintain a fellowship program, and even balance a busy career with a personal life. I am very thankful to the Foundation of Surgical Fellowships for providing such an amazing opportunity to enrich my career.
Recognizing Partners: ASMBS
The American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (ASMBS) is the steward of care for obesity by creating awareness, improving access, supporting critical research, and educating medical, surgical and allied healthcare professionals who take care of severely obese patients. As a result of the ongoing efforts, bariatric surgery has evolved to become one of the most popular and safest surgical procedures performed in the USA. In conjunction with the American College of Surgeons and the Fellowship Council, the ASMBS has implemented strict accreditation and certification guidelines to ensure the at proper training is delivered to those surgeons who will perform bariatric surgery. The Foundation for Surgical Fellowships (FSF) was created in an effort to secure funding that can support this surgical training. Though a blinded and peer review application process, the FSF has distributed funds to qualified institutions based on criteria of excellence. Since its inception, the FSF has been responsible for supporting the fellowship training of many Bariatric surgeons. The ASMBS is thankful to the FSF and it board members for their role in helping ASMBS maintain bariatric surgical training and ensure the best outcome in the care of severely obese patients.
Recognizing Partners: SAGES
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) role in the training of fellows is integral to both The Fellowship Council and the establishment of the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships. From the beginning of this important initiative for post-graduate training it has been our role to assure the continuation of both organizations by helping to secure the resources needed to keep them healthy.
Recognizing Partners: ASCRS
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is the premier society for colon and rectal surgeons and other surgeons dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and treatment of patients affected by colon and rectal disease. The ASCRS is dedicated to assuring high quality patient care by advancing the science through research and education. We are proud to partner with the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships in initiatives supporting the vision of the surgical community.
Recently there has been a vastly increased usage of minimally invasive surgery in the field of colon and rectal surgery. With the frequency with colorectal cancer being the third most common malignancy, with the pervasive incidence of diverticulitis, and with the highly complex management of inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, surgical fellowships as well as colon and rectal surgical residency has become extremely important. In addition, the use of robotic surgery in rectal cancer has vastly increased recently.
The ASCRS is very much involved in this training effort, and therefore is supportive of the efforts of the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships. The ASCRS’s commitment to supporting fellowships funded by the Foundation helps move the surgical community forward realizing the vision of a surgical community that is better educated with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.
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Foundation for Surgical Fellowships
Your gift will help ensure that tomorrow’s generations of surgeons have the training they need and that future generations of patients will have access to the care they deserve.
The demand for advanced surgical training grows with each generation of progress. Sustaining these fellowships is the only answer to this demand.
Tomorrow’s patient and physicians are depending on you. Please give, and give generously.
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2014 Honor Roll of Donors
KARL-STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc.
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
Morris Franklin, Jr.
Elizabeth & Thomas D’Amico
J. Patrick O’Leary
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