Constructing a competency-based bariatric surgery fellowship training curriculum

Corrigan L. McBride, Raul J. Rosenthal, Stacy Brethauer, Eric DeMaria, John J. Kelly, John M. Morton, Emanuele Lo Menzo, Rachel Moore, Alfons Pomp, Ninh T. Nguyen

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Background Bariatric fellowship training after general surgery has historically been time based and competence was determined at completion based on a minimum number of cases during the fellowship. Graduate medical education is moving toward competency-based medical education where learners are evaluated during the course of their training and competence assessment occurs throughout. Objectives The Executive Council of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) at the direction of the American Board of Surgery wanted to transition the bariatric surgery fellowship curriculum from its traditional format to a competency-based curriculum using competency-based medical education principles. Methods The ASMBS Education and Training Committee established a task force of 9 members to create a new curriculum and all of the necessary evaluation tools to support the curriculum, and initiate a pilot program. Results A competency-based curriculum consisting of 6 modules with cognitive and technical milestones, and the innovative evaluation tools needed to evaluate the learners, was created. A pilot program consisting of 10 programs and 19 fellows has been undertaken for the 2016–2017 academic year. Conclusion The Education Committee of the ASMBS is leading the charge in curriculum development for competency-based medical education for bariatric fellowship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-441
Number of pages5
JournalSurgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Bariatric fellowship
  • Competency-based medical education
  • Entrustable professional activities
  • Milestones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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