Cross-fellowship Inter-institutional Exchange: Answering the Call for Hepatopancreatobiliary Training Standardization

Angela Lee Hill, Darren R. Cullinan, Roheena Z. Panni, Ola Ahmed, Franklin Olumba, Jennifer Yu, Adeel S. Khan, William C. Chapman, Michael I. D'Angelica, William R. Jarnagin, Maria Bernadette Majella Doyle

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Objective: General surgery trainees interested in performing hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery can choose from multiple fellowship pathways, namely HPB, surgical oncology (SO), and abdominal transplant-HPB (TXP-HPB). Although focused on similar operations, each program offers distinct clinical and technical emphases. Design: An annual inter-institutional exchange between TXP-HPB and SO fellowships, starting in 2014. Setting and Participants: TXP-HPB fellows from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and SO fellows from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Results: About 14 fellows have participated in the exchange so far, 13 of whom responded to our survey. At MSKCC, TXP-HPB fellows performed a median of 24 cases, including 6 major pancreatic resections, 3 major hepatectomies, 4 hepatic artery infusion pump insertions, and 1 major biliary case. At WUSTL, SO fellows performed a median of 16 cases, including 5 liver transplants, 2 major pancreatic resections, 2 major hepatectomies, and 2 major biliary cases. About 92.3% of respondents stated they would repeat the rotation, with SO fellows emphasizing the exposure to vascular anastomoses and transplant-HPB fellows appreciating the oncologic focus. Conclusions: A monthlong inter-institutional exchange offers a unique opportunity to standardize and improve HPB education.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • abdominal transplant
  • fellowship
  • HPB surgery
  • surgical oncology


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