CROSBY — The one-year clinical fellowship program at the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby provides doctors postgraduate experience and further training in the field of gastrointestinal surgery.
The program started at MIMIS in 2007 and has since graduated four fellows. Dr. Jay Snow recently completed his Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Julio Bird is the fifth doctor to join the program.
The fellowship program at MIMIS is the first fellowship in the U.S. and Canada to be fully accredited by the Fellowship Council in MIS, Bariatric, and Flexible Endoscopy, with a balanced exposure to endoscopy, laparoscopy, bariatric surgery and many other minimally invasive procedures, MIMIS reported.
The changes in technology and knowledge base of surgical disciplines in the last few decades have greatly influenced the training of surgeons. Complex diagnosis and care of many conditions led to the creation of fellowships in some areas of general surgery. As a surgeon, it is very desirable to have the additional specialty experience after general surgery residency that the fellowship provides.
Dr. Paul Severson and Dr. Howard McCollister, are MIMIS directors. MIMIS is accredited by the Fellowship Council to teach other surgeons in the areas of Flexible Endoscopy, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Bariatric Surgery.