The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) offers a one-year HPB Fellowship (Program) for fully trained general surgeons who desire advanced clinical and research training in the field of liver, pancreas and biliary surgery. The Program’s goal is to develop compassionate, technically excellent academic surgeons who will be future leaders in the field of HPB surgery.
The Program provides training in all aspects of HPB surgery including operative and perioperative management of patients with HPB diseases and in clinical HPB research. HPB faculty consists of six Board certified surgeons in the Division of Surgical Oncology. The program is structured around technical, cognitive, and research components.
The fellow receives exceptional technical training through participation in a high volume of diverse advanced HPB cases. Under the direction of experienced HPB faculty who are dedicated to teaching, the fellow runs his/her respective service gaining invaluable experience. Additionally, the fellow has opportunities to participate in liver/pancreas transplantation and organ procurement.
Cognitive learning is promoted through self-instruction, teaching rotating residents and students, contributing to weekly morbidity and mortality conferences, and multidisciplinary pancreaticobiliary and hepatic tumor conferences. The fellow is an active participant in the monthly Americas Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association (AHPBA) HPB Fellow Grand Rounds Video conferences. The fellow also attends scheduled annual liver/pancreas CME events.
Guided by HPB faculty, who provide a wealth of research and publication experience, the fellow is required to design, complete, and submit at least two clinical and/or research projects to a National or Regional meeting or peer-reviewed journal. Available to the fellow is an established HPB clinical database supported by full time data entry personnel and a tumor bank of tissue samples providing a wealth of research opportunities. Bimonthly meetings are held with the fellow to review ongoing research projects and progress towards scholarly goals.
The Program’s clinical and educational work hours align with the 80-hour work week rule for trainees.
Eligibility and Application
The MCW HPB Fellowship Program participates in The Fellowship Council application and match process. Candidate eligibility and application information can be found at The Fellowship Council.