Bariatric surgery training in the United States

Henry Buchwald, Stanley E. Williams

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Abstract

Background: To provide evidence of the status of bariatric surgical education in the accredited surgery training programs in the United States. Methods: A questionnaire was sent by mail to the 251 accredited surgery residency training programs, including the 48 minimally invasive surgery fellowship programs, in the United States. Results: There was a 100% response to the questionnaire. Of the 251 surgery residency training programs and 48 minimally invasive surgery fellowship programs, 185 (73.7%) and 43 (89.6%) performed bariatric surgery, respectively. The open Roux-en-Y gastric bypass was the dominant procedure (85.1%), followed by laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (60.9%), in the residency programs; the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass was the dominant procedure (70.1%) in the minimally invasive fellowship programs. Conclusions: Bariatric surgery has been mainstreamed into accredited training programs in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-55
Number of pages4
JournalSurgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

Keywords

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Education
  • Fellowship
  • Residency

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