Our Program

The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery (CMIS) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is committed to the ongoing surgical training of medical students, residents, fellows, allied health professionals and practicing physicians. In addition, we offer an observership to international visiting scholars for general surgery. 

Technological advances have dramatically changed traditional general surgery in the last few years. These technological changes continue. Most surgeons completing credentialed residency programs are currently inadequately prepared to apply these advances in a useful fashion. Additionally, the application of this new technology must be performed by experienced individuals in a structured setting, allowing the responsible development and critical review of new techniques and practices in minimally invasive surgery to be applied on a larger scale.

The goal of this program is to:

  • Expose trained surgeons to advanced application of new techniques in minimally invasive surgery
  • Prepare individuals to train others in the application of this new technology
  • Include these individuals in the development of new applications and technology and provide them with the guidance and resources to develop independent investigational projects evaluating treatment modalities in minimally invasive surgery or robotic urologic surgery


Learn more about our International Visiting Scholar Program curriculum:

  • The time frame is flexible based on the individual's preference. We feel a minimum experience of one month is necessary and more than six months may not be necessary
  • The laparoscopic experience will include training through observation in advanced surgical techniques, including common duct exploration, hernia repair, bowel resection, gastroesophageal surgery, robotic surgery, bariatric surgery and solid organ removal. Advanced thoracoscopic procedures including diagnostic thoracoscopy, treatment of pneumothorax, biopsy and esophageal surgery will be included
  • Observation of flexible endoscopy, including diagnostic, therapeutic and advanced upper and lower endoscopy of the GI tract and ERCP will be available
  • The scholar will be trained in methods of instruction for basic and advanced laparoscopic techniques and skills in animate and inanimate models, as well as in the operating room
  • The scholar will be given the opportunity and expected to participate in investigational projects on the pathophysiology of laparoscopy, development of experimental techniques and the impact of minimally invasive surgical techniques on the practice of surgery

It would be expected that the clinical material content and experience be tailored to the individual’s desire and would be scheduled in advance.

Program Sites

Clinical material will be obtained at the institutions listed below. Each hospital is accredited by the JCAH and is the primary site of practice of at least one of the individuals identified as faculty (see appendix B)

  • The Ohio State University Medical Center
  • James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
  • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital
  • Research and laboratory facilities
  • Wiseman Hall and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center campus provides space for housing and operating rooms for large animals. The facilities are certified by The Ohio State University, the Animal Research Committee and the Institutional Laboratory and Animal Use Committee. Under the supervision of a veterinarian and a veterinary technician, operating room facilities are available
  • Administrative space
  • Office space is available for the identified scholar within the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Ohio State University

Scholar Responsibilities


  • Observe surgery by the teaching faculty

Educational and Teaching Responsibilities

  • Prepare and attend monthly minimally invasive surgery conferences
  • Attend biweekly GI medicine/surgical conference The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Attend morbidity and mortality conferences at the participating institutions


  • Assist in the collection and interpretation of data for ongoing clinical and experimental programs
  • Participate in large animal surgery (canine, bovine) in the lab setting, developing new procedures, product testing and experimental protocols

Academic Requirements

Below are the necessary academic requirements for the program.

  • Completion of a recognized training program in general surgery
  • A desire to develop expertise and experience in various aspects of minimally invasive surgery
  • Competency in written and spoken English

Selection Process

Below is the selection process for the International Visiting Scholar program:

  • Must be eligible for a J-1 Visa (or equivalent)
  • Must have proof of health insurance for the duration of the stay
  • Must show proof financial responsibility. There is no stipend or scholarship available from Ohio State. Scholars must cover all expenses, including housing, food, utilities and other unforeseen expenses (estimated at $1,000 U.S. dollars/month)
  • A phone or Skype interview will be conducted with selected applicants

To apply, please complete the International Visiting Scholar application and forward all required documents to Abby.George@osumc.edu.

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