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Fundamentals of Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery & Robotics

Updated: 7/6/16

Completion of Core M3 Clinical Clerkships is not required.

This elective is intended for students interested in General Surgery with an emphasis on using minimally invasive surgery i.e. laparoscopic and robotic approaches.  The elective will allow students to experience all areas of operations involving abdomen-hepatopancreato biliary surgery, for gut operations, and colo/rectal surgery, thoracic, endocrine-thyroid, adrenal, parathyroid for benign and malignant pathology, bariatric surgery and some procedures involving transplantation-kidney.

Thorough working knowledge of minimally invasive procedures using both laparoscopic and robotic approaches.

In addition to bedside,didactic rounds and outpatient clinics the students will also have the rare opportunity to try hands on simulation models and access to animals and the robotic lab when feasible with resident training.  Students will also be involved in divisional conferences and student presentations. Number of patients/week: 20   Inpatients and outpatients:60. Minimum of 4 weeks on rotation.

Subjective clinical evaluation by faculty.

Administrative Information Heading link

  • Program Number

    ELEC 219

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Dr. Francesco Bianco, MD

    Coordinator: Tricia Harvat

  • Program Information

    Location: UI Health – OCC; 1801 W. Taylor St, Suite 3E

    Duration: 2 weeks
    Night Call: No
    Weekends: No
    Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1

    Lectures/Conferences per week: 2
    Lab Hours per week: 0
    Independent Study Hours per week: varies
    Inpatient Hours per week: 0
    Outpatient Hours per week: 12-16
    Total number of hours per week: 30
    Number of weeks of credit: 2

  • Reporting Instructions

    The General Surgery team will wait for you at 6:15am at the surgery work room on the 8th floor.

    For assistance you can: Page the resident on call, pager #4101 (Dial 136) from any campus phone and follow prompt instructions or dial (312) 996-2242 then enter pager 4101) or

    contact Dr. Bianco:, Pager 800.221.9116.

  • Keywords

    General Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery