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Minimally invasive surgery

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Acceptance into the elective is by application only.

All applications must be submitted through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO®) 

The section of minimally invasive surgery offers a four-week elective rotation in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery to rotating medical students. Our section provides care for adult patients in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. We provide comprehensive care for patients with diseases of the foregut, including bariatric surgery. This care includes laparoscopic RYGB, adjustable gastric band, fundoplication, paraesophageal hernia repair, ventral hernia repair, cholecystectomy, and surgical treatment of esophageal and gastric cancer.

More than 95 percent of the surgical care delivered in our division is laparoscopic or endoscopic. Students rotating in our section will spend one day per week seeing both pre- and post-operative patients in an outpatient clinic setting.

Rotating medical students will be integrated into our services by becoming active in the daily care of our patients. Medical students will be expected to attend and participate in daily rounds, daily surgical conferences, weekly surgical clinic and operative procedures.

Goals & objectives

The overall educational objective for the rotating student is to provide exposure to advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures and patient care. Specific educational goals will include:

  • Clinical
    • Basic indications for bariatric surgery
    • Basic indications for antireflux surgery
    • Postop evaluation of bariatric and esophageal surgical patients
  • Operative
    • Understanding of port placement
    • Understanding of instrumentation
    • Understanding of energy device options for minimally invasive surgery
    • Understanding the therapeutic and diagnostic value of upper GI endoscopy
  • Understand the electronic health record
    • Utilization of patient care
    • Utilization for patient communication
    • Utilization for quality analysis

Contact us

Megan Longenberger, BS
Medical Education Coordinator