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The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) Fellowship




We are honored to announce the establishment of an EXCLUSIVE one or, if necessary, two year postgraduate fellowship beginning July 2017 with the most prestigious multidisciplinary surgical society, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS). Fellows will have the unique opportunity to learn the latest surgical techniques and skills in advanced endoscopy and reproductive surgery while working under the expert guidance of Camran Nezhat, MD, FACS, FACOG. This is a one to two-year postgraduate training, sponsored by SLS, with a focus on the treatment of benign gynecological disorders such as endometriosis, leiomyomas, pelvic pain, infertility, abnormal uterine bleeding, ovarian cysts, etc.

In this program, fellows become adept at advanced laparoscopy, robotic surgery, operative hysteroscopy, cystoscopy and proctoscopy. The program is highly devoted to treating women with endometriosis and other benign gynecologic disorders and is a referral center for the most complicated cases of extra-genital endometriosis, such as endometriosis of the bowel, bladder, ureter, diaphragm, and lungs. There is a strong emphasis on a multispecialty approach, especially for the extra-genital endometriosis procedures. These surgeries are often performed with a team of cardiothoracic surgeons, colorectal surgeons, general surgeons, vascular surgeons and urologists.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION of SLS Fellowship (one to two years)

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) Fellowship in Gynecologic Endoscopy is under the direction of Profesor Camran Nezhat. The primary training goal is to improve patient care and teach advanced endoscopic operative skills to individuals who are interested in propagating the field of endoscopic pelvic surgery. A secondary goal is to contribute new knowledge about learning and teaching with advanced surgical trainers.

The surgical experience includes benign gynecologic pathologies and understanding and treating advanced-stage endometriosis laparoscopically and robotically. This includes ovarian, peritoneal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and other extra-genital sites of endometriosis. We are referred many advanced leiomyoma cases as well, so the endoscopic management of myoma is thoroughly taught. The role of laparoscopic hysterectomy, for both definitive treatment of endometriosis and/or management of large fibroid uteri is also emphasized. Operative hysteroscopy is a common procedure in the program, used to treat uterine anomalies, fibroids, polyps, septums, tubal obstruction, adhesions and abnormal uterine bleeding. The fellow will also learn the disciplines of approaching and treating infertility pathology, ovarian pathology and interstitial cystitis. Finally, the fellow will become proficient in cystoscopy, ureteral stent placement, proctoscopy, pelvic ultrasonography and saline infusion sonohysterography, A unique feature of this program is the availability of laparoscopic and hysteroscopic virtual reality simulators that provide force feedback (haptics), which helps to improve surgical skills while also providing valuable epistemological insights to improve the way surgery is taught and learned.

Research plays a significant role in advancing medicine and improving patient care. Fellows are therefore encouraged to participate in technical innovation for the advancement of minimally invasive surgery and surgical education and training. All fellows are expected to be productively involved in the writing and research experience. These include abstracts, poster presentations, video presentations, journal publications, grants and experimental designs.

The schedule is organized as one clinic day per week and four days of OR, with clinic patients in the afternoons on several of the OR days. On average, there are 2-3 major cases per day. We work closely with physician assistants and divide the home-pager call equally. Fellows are encouraged to attend OB/GYN grand rounds on Mondays and General Surgery grand rounds on Tuesdays during the academic calendar when surgery is not scheduled. Other educational activities such as surgical skill workshops and meetings are encouraged out of the program and the university.

We have been teaching fellows since 1982 and will be accepting 1 or 2 fellows per year.

You can apply by emailing us at office@camrannezhatinstitute.com