Cleveland Clinic

Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery


Currently few, if any, laparoscopic bariatric surgery training opportunities exist that bridge the gap between introductory training and actual clinical practice. This mini-fellowship provides a focused and concentrated training experience under the preceptorship of Philip R. Schauer, MD. 

As a qualified general surgeon, you will achieve baseline competency (not necessarily proficiency) in laparoscopic bariatric surgery in order to begin a safe clinical and operative practice. 

This mini-fellowship also will give you with a basic understanding of preoperative and postoperative management concepts.
Based on your individual needs, you can choose from the following course options: 

One-week Freshen-Up Course* 
  • Scrub in for eight to 12 bariatric procedures 
  • Spend one day in clinic 
  • Manage eight to 12 pre/postoperative patients 
  • Manage eight to 12 inpatients 
  • Attend one hour of didactic conference 
  • Cover bariatric operative and perioperative management topics

*To attend this course, you must have completed more than 100 bariatric surgery cases. 

Two-week Course 
  • Scrub in for 15-20 bariatric procedures 
  • Spend two days in clinic 
  • Manage 15 to 20 pre/postoperative patients 
  • Manage 15 to 20 inpatients 
  • Attend four hours of didactic conference 
  • Cover bariatric operative and perioperative management topics

Four-week Course 
  • Scrub in for 30-35 bariatric procedures 
  • Spend four days in clinic 
  • Manage 30 to 35 pre/postoperative patients 
  • Manage 30 to 35 inpatients 
  • Attend six hours of didactic conference 
  • Cover bariatric operative and perioperative management topics

Six- to Eight-week Course 
  • Scrub in for 50-55 bariatric procedures 
  • Spend six days in clinic 
  • Manage 50 to 55 pre/postoperative patients 
  • Manage 50 to 55 inpatients 
  • Attend eight to 10 hours of didactic conference 
  • Cover bariatric operative and perioperative management topics

Please note: Case volume is estimated and may vary depending on scheduling and staff availability.

Applicants must: 

  • Be licensed in the state of Ohio or eligible to obtain a Special Activities Permit from the Ohio State Medical Board 
  • Be board-certified or board-eligible in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery 
  • Have completed an ACGME-approved residency in General Surgery 
  • Have experience in advanced laparoscopy including but not limited to laparoscopic fundoplication, colectomy, splenectomy and hernia repair 
  • Have practicing privileges in their home institutions

It is highly recommended but not required that applicants have: 

  • Experience in laparoscopic suturing techniques and flexible endoscopy 
  • Experience in open bariatric surgery 
  • Completed a laparoscopic fellowship
International Applicants:
  • To participate, non-citizen physicians can only participate if they already have U.S. employment authorization e.g. Green Card, Temporary Protected Status, Refugee or Asylee status, or any other status which permits them to work in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
  • If you do have current U.S. employment authorization, as an international physician, you must also be ECFMG certified, having taken USMLE 1-3, in order to participate.
  • If you only have ECFMG, then you will need to have actively practiced medicine in the U.S. for the last 2 years, or have been in an ACGME training program within the last 2 years.
  • If you have not done either of those items, then you must complete all parts of USMLE to be eligible for Special Activities License.
  • If you meet these qualificiations, then we can proceed with your application for the CAST program.
  • If not, you will be directed to the International Observership program and they will be able to explain the opportunities available to you there.

  • One week: $5,000
  • Two weeks: $10,000
  • Three weeks: $15,000
  • Four weeks: $20,000
  • Five weeks: $25, 000
  • Six weeks: $30,000
  • Seven weeks: $35,000
  • Eight weeks: $40,000
**Please note that you will have the option to split up your training weeks throughout the year, if necessary.

**In the event that you need to cancel after payment has been received, application has been approved, and onboarding has begun, you will incur a cancellation fee of 30% of your tuition. The remaining balance (70%) will be reimbursed back to you.
The first step is to complete and submit this pre-application form

Our office will contact you shortly thereafter.