Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

A Multi-Year Experience in a Single Year

The UMass Chan Medical School - Baystate's Advanced MIS Fellowship offers a one-year opportunity to acquire advanced MIS skills in all aspects of laparoscopy within an environment that fosters a mutually beneficial relationship between our fellows, the general surgery program, and the institution.

The Basics

Fellows are expected to:

  • go to the operating room at least 4 out of 5 days per week
  • attend clinic one day per week 
  • take approximately three general surgery attending calls per month
  • submit an abstract for the SAGES meeting (and hopefully get accepted!)
  • recently graduated residents are expected to pass their board examination (every fellow has passed since 2002!) 

Become a True Expert in Minimally Invasive General Surgery

Mastery of our craft will not come for a number of years after your fellowship, but the expertise developed during the fellowship year lays the ground work to gain mastery at a more rapid rate than would otherwise be possible. 

When you complete our fellowship, you will be a true expert in minimally invasive general surgery-from the outpatient setting, through the operating room, to all the nuts and bolts of practicing surgery, including interaction with referring providers, billing, risk management, etc.

Program Benefits

As a Fellow, you will have:

  • access to a wide variety of MIS general surgical procedures
  • opportunity to learn how to utilize our da Vinci robot
  • chance to develop your teaching abilities, particularly related to MIS
  • access to a treasure trove of clinical research data
  • ability to gain experience with NOTES procedures, including transvaginal cholecystectomy and POEM procedures
  • access to flexible endoscopy (upper and lower)

Tailor the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship To Suit Your Goals

You have the flexibility to fashion your fellowship experiences to meet your interests and needs.

Fellows are able to:

  • operate across specialties such as urology, gynecology, transplant, GI, etc.
  • undertake a clinical research project (this is strongly encouraged)
  • hone skill sets necessary for job prospects that become available. In the case of flexible endoscopy, the fellow may want to spend relatively more time in the endoscopy suite to be sure the skills are obtained before starting a job requiring those skills.

Interested? Fill out an application at the Fellowship Council website today.


Baystate offers a high volume of cases as well as elective basic science and clinical research. The human patient simulation and minimally invasive surgical labs are at the forefront of surgical education research. The MIS fellowship program has been in existence for 11 years.

Meet our team

Fellowship Director:

John R. Romanelli, MD email:

Program Administrator:

Meagan Muzzy email: phone: 413-794-5178

By the numbers

Department metrics

  • Number of Faculty: >50
  • Sub-Specialists: Pediatric Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery
  • Patient simulation and minimally invasive surgery labs
  • Home to the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute - 5000 square feet of space dedicated for surgical research and teaching

Baystate metrics

  • State-of-the-art daystay surgical facility performing 12,000+ case/year
  • 34 ORs running daily – 26,000 cases/year; 8,000 endoscopic cases/year
  • MIS ORs
  • Hospital beds: 716
  • Residency Programs: 10 | Fellowship Programs: 22
Resident benefits & facilities
  • We have attempted to maintain salaries in the 75th percentile nationally, and here in western Massachusetts, we enjoy a lower cost of living than in major urban areas. View our complete list of salaries and benefits.
  • 4 weeks vacation/year, meal subsidy, free parking
  • Disability/Malpractice/Health/Life Insurance
  • Health Sciences Library on campus
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