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The Hepatopacreatobiliary (HPB) fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is a clinically oriented training program, providing broad exposure to all aspects of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. The fellow spends nine months rotating on each of five clinical HPB services. The remaining three months are free of direct patient care obligations. It is expected that this time will be used to complete clinical research projects.
The HPB fellow sees new patients in the outpatient clinics, performs surgical procedures under the direction of the attending surgeon and is responsible for preoperative and postoperative patient care. The large volume of clinical material ensures that fellows perform a large number of major liver, biliary and pancreatic procedures. While on clinical rotations, the HPB fellow covers rotating emergency calls in conjunction with the surgical oncology fellows, helps supervise and instruct residents and medical students, participates actively in ward rounds, lectures, seminars, Journal Clubs, and research conferences.
The HPB fellow participates fully in all academic activities within the Department of Surgery. The surgical conferences of the department include a core course in surgical oncology that runs over the course of the entire year, a summer lecture series in clinical research methods and biostatistics, weekly departmental grand rounds and surgical oncology clinical conferences, as well as periodic journal clubs where controversial issues are discussed. In addition, the fellow is expected to attend and participate in weekly HPB Disease Management research and case conferences and service morbidity and mortality conference. Fellows have access to all conferences within the Center.
Currently, there are approximately 50 formal conferences and five to ten special lectures each week. Fellows will be expected discuss research interests prior to July 1 so that background reading and preparation can be completed early in the year. It is expected that each fellow will complete at least two clinically oriented research projects leading to publication by the end of the year.