April 26, 2021
The Fellowship Council in collaboration with the Thoracic Advisory Group would like to provide you with an update regarding the status of the Advanced Thoracic fellowship accreditation designation for fellowship training. The Fellowship Council has adopted the criteria following recommendations set forth by the Thoracic Advisory Group and case types that are inclusive of all Advanced Thoracic fellowships.
The Advanced Thoracic fellowship criteria has been revised to ensure a core training experience that would be inclusive of all Advanced Thoracic fellowships while also allowing some flexibility based on institutional thoracic focus and individual fellow interest.
Programs will be expected to adhere to the new Advanced Thoracic criteria beginning in the 2022-2023 fellowship year. The FC Accreditation Committee will take this into account for programs being reviewed in 2021 and 2022, when examining any “perceived” deficits from the new criteria. Programs being reviewed in 2023 will be expected to adhere to the new criteria below.
Revised Criteria for FC Advanced Thoracic Fellowship
Case log Minimums
100 total cases (not including bronchoscopies and endoscopies)
20 pulmonary anatomic resections (Lobes, segmentectomies etc.)
10 esophageal resections
10 benign esophageal (paraesophageal hernia, diverticulum resection, heller myotomy etc.)
10 chest/pleural (decortications, pleurectomy, blebs, chest wall etc.)
45 additional Thoracic Cases
25 Bronchoscopies required (Do not count towards 100 minimum requirements)
25 Endoscopies (Do not count towards 100 minimum requirement)
5 Advanced fiberoptic procedures (Endoscopic) (EMR, POEM, Stent, Robotic/Navigational bronchoscopy, EBUS, Mediastinoscopy, laser, ridged endoscopy etc.)
At least 50 of the total cases and 25 of the defined category cases should be minimally invasive
For the 45 additional thoracic cases, requirements can be filled by either by major cases from define categories, non-anatomic lung resections or advance endoscopic procedures.
Bronchoscopies and endoscopies performed during major lung and esophageal cases can be counted towards the 25 required diagnostic bronchoscopies and endoscopies.
If you have any questions, please contact the Fellowship Council office ([email protected]). Thank you.
The Fellowship Council
FC Joint Announcement
May 28, 2020
Dear Fellowship Council Program Directors, Associate Program Directors and Coordinators,
We are pleased to announce a new Foregut Fellowship designation type that is co-sponsored by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT). This new Foregut fellowship designation will be available as of August 1, 2020.
The Fellowship Council (FC) is charged with the accreditation of programs according to criteria set forth by the sponsoring societies which include AHPBA, AHS, ASCRS, ASMBS, SAGES and SSAT. Per FC policy, programs are required to submit a request for a designation change via the accreditation or member change process for: a) the addition of the Foregut designation to their existing designation type, or b) the reclassification to the Foregut designation type.
Foregut Fellowship Criteria
SAGES, ASBMS and SSAT proposed the new designation in recognition of the increasing importance of specialized training in foregut disease. The fellowship curriculum will focus on the diagnosis and management of complex foregut disease processes.
SAGES, ASBMS and SSAT are also considering a Foregut Fellowship Certification Program for those fellows who complete training in a designated program. Information will be forthcoming through the societies.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fellowship Council Executive Director Maria Cummings ([email protected]).
Thank you for your commitment to surgical education and training.
The Fellowship Council