FSIE was proud to host the American College of Surgeons 2019 International Guest Scholarship recipient Dr Vishal Gupta. Dr Gupta focuses on GI and HPB malignancies at the King George Medical University in Lucknow, India. His department is one of the very few in India that was established exclusively for the surgical management of GI Disorders. Dr Gupta spent two weeks with FSIE surgeons, observing cases, new technology, participating in complex foregut case conference and research meetings. It was our pleasure to meet our colleague, now friend, from India. Thank you for coming, Dr Gupta!
Lee Swanstrom, Christy Dunst and Kevin Reavis had a quick FSIE meeting at Tacorea while attending the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress meeting in San Francisco. Highly recommend!
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FSIE is now accepting applications for the popular 2020 summer undergraduate and high school internship programs. Acceptance letters will go out by January 1st for undergraduates and April 1st for HS students after review by the selection committee.
This year's annual FSIE party celebrated President and Founder Dr Lee Swanstrom's retirement from clinical practice (see post from July 15) in addition to the traditional graduation for the Summer Undergraduate Interns. It was a wonderful summer night mingling with friends and colleagues! See you next year!
The FSIE Undergraduate Summer Interns welcomed 9 promising high school students to join them for a special combined week of special sessions. They started the week learning the basics of resuscitation including IV starts and intubation in the simulation lab. The next two days included watching live laparoscopic and robotic surgeries, by Dr Steve Demeester and Dr Rehan Ahmad, projected into the lab conference room. The surgeons wore microphones so they could interact with the group in real time. Then the students experienced an incredible flexible endoscopy skills day lead by Dr Kevin Reavis and Dr Daniel Davilla Bradley after attending the weekly research meeting where the interns gave their final research presentations. But the icing on the cake was the Friday hands on surgical skills lab where the group performed Fundamental of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) tasks, flexible endoscopic surgery and laparoscopic surgery procedures in a laboratory setting. During breaks they heard lectures about electrosurgery by John Day and the future of surgery by Dr Swanstrom. A great time was had by all! A special thanks to the support of ERBE, Olympus, Stryker, Covidian, Endogastric Solutions, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and all the volunteers for making it all possible!
FSIE President and Founder Dr Lee Swanstrom has been called "The Greatest Laparoscopic Surgeon in the World" by many of his peers (and patients!) and is clearly one of the most innovative minds in surgery. He is loved by colleagues around the world not only for his dexterity and brilliance but for his generous and patient mentorship. Dr Swanstrom envisions a future where "surgical" treatments are painless and non-disruptive to patients lives and bodies. His fearless commitment to this vision has inspired and impacted advancements in surgical treatment beyond what can be measured. Beyond the intangible accomplishments, some career highlights include:
FSIE welcomes this group of bright young pre-medical students! This year's summer undergraduate interns have come from around the country to participate in a high impact 6-week program. After completing a comprehensive on-boarding and orientation week they are up and running. The interns are shadowing surgeons in clinic and in the operating room as well as learning hands on skills typically reserved for surgical residents. The interns have been paired up with fellow mentors and have begun their research projects and even attended their first evening journal club this week. Very inspiring!
Congratulations to FSIE Intern Matt Glasgow on his first national podium presentation! Matt was an FSIE Summer intern in 2017 and a student coordinator in 2018. During his time with FSIE he has worked diligently on esophageal physiology research earning himself a co-authorship on the pH-MII ON medications project (Ward et al 2019). He continued this line of research, this time looking at pH-MII OFF medications and his efforts were awarded with a presentation at the Foregut Physiology Session at the Annual SAGES meeting in Baltimore. He took the podium today like a pro presenting his project entitled "The Utility of MII Testing in Making Surgical Decisions". Matt will be graduating from Bates College on May 26th after finishing his thesis on "The achievement of cultural competency: addressing concerns for healthcare compliance amongst African immigrant patient populations in Lewiston, Maine" and plans to take a year working for a nonprofit in Denver that provides outdoor activity opportunities to cancer patients. He will be applying to medical school in the fall! Way to go Matt!
Just as FSIE Board Member Dr Kevin Reavis winds down his tenure as OMA President, he is once again called upon. No rest for the rad! Dr Reavis has been given the huge honor of representing SAGES as one of two AMA Delegates. With the responsibility comes a seat on the SAGES Board of Governors. Way to represent!
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