The Mastery in General Surgery Fellowship is a one-year program offering additional training in general surgery including emergency general surgery.
We offer additional training in general surgery including emergency general surgery as well as aspects of minimally invasive surgery, oncologic surgery and endocrine surgery. Experiences in surgical critical care, obstetrics/gynecology, and surgical practice in rural community settings are also offered.
The aim of the program is to provide advanced training in the practice of general surgery whether it be private practice or academic medical center.
The program is not designed to provide remediation but to provide an environment for the development and maturation of already excellent surgical skills. It is expected that graduates will be highly sought after by those recruiting general surgeons in the private and academic practice areas.
The Mission of the Wake Forest University Department of Surgery Mastery in General Surgery Program is to help associates develop broad based excellence in the practice of general surgery. We aim to consistently develop well rounded, skillful, compassionate graduates who are highly sought by community practices, academic medical centers and international surgical organizations.
Provide a training experience in which associates develop excellence in the practice of general surgery including emergency general surgery as well as aspects of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), oncologic surgery and endocrine surgery. Experiences in surgical critical care, obstetrics/gynecology, and surgical practice in underserved international settings are also offered.
- Offer Wake Forest EGS rotation of 4 months
- Take Sunday 24 hour Emergency General Surgery call when on EGS Service
- Offer general surgery experience in private practice settings in surgical practices in the region
- Offer Wake Forest MIS rotation of at least 1 month. Associates will also be exposed to MIS techniques on the EGS service as well as private practice rotations
- Offer Wake Forest oncologic surgery rotation of at least 1 month. Associates will also be exposed to oncologic surgery during private practice rotations
- Offer Wake Forest endocrine surgery elective of 1 month available. Associates will also be exposed to endocrine surgery during private practice rotations
- Offer electives in surgical critical care 1-2 months and Ob/Gyn 1 month
Provide a training experience that is tailored to the associates needs based both in the areas in which growth is desired and the associate’s plans for the future with respect to practice settings. Associates will have graduated autonomy based on their level of experience and readiness.
- Interview Associate as to their needs and planned career direction
- Have faculty complete Intake Assessment Tool after 1 month of practice at our institution.
- Develop specific plan based on these data
Help Associates develop leadership skills and experience that will allow them to effectively lead teams, manage conflict, coordinate multiple services, and mentor others.
- Hold quarterly discussions with Associates to give feedback and guidance based on input from attending physicians, other staff, and students
- Ongoing feedback to be provided by attending physicians on an ad hoc basis
Provide experience and training in the development and implementation of quality and performance improvement initiatives.
- Involve Associates in general surgery peer review and performance improvement. Associates will participate in implementation of QI/PI efforts on the services on which they rotate
- If more extensive experience is desired, associates will work with Acute Care Surgery faculty on ongoing PI projects
- An elective in patient safety and quality Improvement (iQ Academy) will be offered
Provide training and resources so that the associate may learn aspects of billing and collections, as well as medical liability.
- Provide instruction by our billing/compliance departments on appropriate physician billing strategies and rules
- Provide ongoing instruction in daily billing practices in both the academic and private practice setting
- Provide feedback on billing practices in the form of tracking of RVUs and charges, and compliance audit for coding accuracy
- Provide access to risk management professionals and legal counsel as opportunities arise