As the program director, I'd like to welcome you to UMMC's pediatric surgery fellowship and thank you for your interest in our program. We are an ACGME-accredited two-year program that is designed to develop proficiency in the care of infants, children and adolescents with surgical problems. Our program began in 2012 under the direction of Dr. Christopher Blewett.
Our program is designed to provide an educational experience which results in a trainee acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a proficient and independent practitioner of pediatric surgery. Whether your goal is to be in private practice or a faculty appointment in an academic medical center, our program will give you a broad-based training experience. For more information on our application process, please see our application information.
To practice successfully in any setting, our current fellow and recent graduates are trained to be proficient in not only the core elements of pediatric surgery, but also have a wide-ranging repertoire of knowledge and skill in the basics of all of the major pediatric specialties. In the fellow’s first year of training, clinical rotations in pediatric surgery as well as PICU, NICU, ENT and Urology lay the foundation the necessary experience for appropriate training. The fellow’s second year of training is devoted exclusively to pediatric surgery.
While clinical rotations are necessary, it must be realized that these rotations are not sufficient to achieve the overall goal. A robust program of didactic learning is also required to develop the knowledge base needed by a pediatric surgeon. This is accomplished through our weekly conference and teaching schedule. When you successfully complete the pediatric surgery fellowship program, you will be eligible to take the qualifying and certifying examinations offered by the American Board of Surgery.
David E. Sawaya, MDProgram DirectorPediatric Surgery Fellowship Program