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Uniportal Vats Fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery at Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital – Tonji University, China 

Applications are now closed.  

Fellowship Overview

Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital is a high-volume centre in China performing the highest number of Lung Cancer resections per year in the world. The Surgeons are extremely proficient in surgical procedures and are at the cutting edge of the specialty. They are very experienced in teaching and training. They have hosted several trainees from all over the world in their program. These surgeons have returned to their home countries and are now practising procedures learnt in Shanghai as routine in their everyday practice.

This three-month Fellowship will be in Uniportal Access to Lobectomy. The successful fellow will be involved in acquiring hands on experience in a mentor led graduated surgical exposure which should eventually lead to performing procedures under remote supervision or no supervision. Informal and formal discussions with a named supervisor will be a part of the learning process which will be agreed in the initial meeting with the Trainer, Programme Director and the Fellow.

The fellow will participate in the program along with all trainees in the department. This will include departmental meetings, critical care rounds and visiting patients in the wards. The fellow should communicate and be involved in the discussions if this necessitates the team to speak English from time to time.

The fellow will be exposed to the departmental research programme and will engage and participate to be an author in the departments research publication. The fellow will be allowed to present at the local meetings and is expected to write a report of their stay and experience in Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital on completion of the fellowship.

General Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the contemporary indications for Uniportal VATS in the generality of the specialty
  2. Learn to use all the invasive and non-invasive tools for a safe delivery of Uniportal VATS lobectomy
  3. Develop organisational skills, leadership management and integrate all hospital and health care individual resources for the benefit of the patient and community
  4. Understand the need for specific protocols development and use in the field of cardiovascular surgery

Application & Selection Criteria

To be considered for this fellowship applicants must be:

  • Resident, Fellow or Surgeon within the first 3 years after training (specialty degree)
  • Experience in advanced VATS
  • EACTS member with up to date membership payment
  • Excellent use of English

Complete the application form and provide the following documents by 15 December 2018:

  • Letter of interest describing training objectives and interest
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV), including pertinent publications
  • Summary of operative experience
  • Letter of support from current supervisor

Evaluation and Feedback

  • The EACTS portfolio system will be used to track the progress and register all activity.
  • There will be periodic meetings with the fellowship director to ensure feedback from the trainees.
  • At the end of the fellowship, the fellows will produce a full report (2000-2500 words) on their experience.

Applications are now closed.