Postgraduate Programs

Part of the mission for the Department of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is to advance research and education in surgical science across all disciplines and specialties. This mission extends to postgraduate education. We offer an abundance of training opportunities throughout the year.

Our Postgraduate Education Programs consist of the following:

Continuing Medical Education (CME) + Non-Cme Educational Courses

We offer year-round opportunities to obtain CME credits—eligible for Maintenance of Certification Part II credit—through our educational offerings, including:

  • On-site courses and webinars
  • Morbidity and Mortality and Grand Rounds conferences
  • Online Grand Rounds education.

Surgical Training and Research Lab

The Surgical Training and Research Lab at Case Western Reserve University is located adjacent to the Animal Resource Center. This core facility—with a surgical specialty—is managed by the Department of Surgery and is available for your use to enhance the educational experience of your residents, fellows, attending surgeons and other allied health-care professionals.

The Surgical Training and Research Lab provides hands-on training within our eight fully equipped surgical stations. Our expert and friendly staff members are there to help guide and teach new innovative techniques.

The Surgical Training and Research Lab provides the following:

  • Live and cadaveric models
  • Fundamental and minimally invasive procedures
  • Eight fully-equipped surgical stations
  • Integrated audio/visual system and conference room
  • Non-good laboratory practice (GLP) studies
  • Industry-sponsored research
  • Prototype development
  • Device evaluation
  • Human factors usability engineering studies

Visit the Surgical Training and Research Lab website for more information.

The mini-fellowship program is a comprehensive, educational program that focuses on training surgeons in a specified surgical procedure. The program is an educational opportunity for surgeons to understand and learn procedural specifics and patient-management strategies from leaders in their respective fields of study. Mini-fellowships typically are one to 1 ½ days in length and include didactics, live cases from the operating room and experiential instruction in teaching techniques in our skills laboratory.

Our webinars provide a unique, easy way for surgeons and vendors from around the globe to interact with one another in order to train, teach, debate, discuss and learn new techniques in their fields.

As businesses scrutinize employee educational and travel expenses, webinars offer a convenient, budget-conscious alternative. Webinars are a fraction of the cost of traditional meetings, as they eliminate plane rides, car trips, dinners and overnight hotel bookings. Participants can watch and listen from the convenience of their homes or offices—helping improve work-life balance for the surgeons and their families.

If participants miss a point made by the speaker, our shows are recorded and available to view again—as many times as they like.

The most valuable way to learn is by communicating with one another. Our web symposiums provide an opportunity to speak and be heard. Join in on great debates, panel discussions as well as difficult case studies and hear from others who agree or disagree with you.

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) is a designated test center for Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS). The FLS program is a comprehensive, web-based education module that includes a hands-on skills training component and assessment tool designed to teach the physiology, fundamental knowledge and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery.

FLS was designed for surgical residents, fellows and practicing physicians to learn and practice laparoscopic skills, which then allows participants to definitively measure and document those skills. The FLS program is a joint educational offering of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and also is a requirement for board certification by the American Board of Surgery (ABS).

UHCMC is a designated test center for Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES). The FES program is a comprehensive educational and assessment tool designed to teach and evaluate the fundamental knowledge, clinical judgment and technical skills required in the performance of basic gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic surgery.

FES was designed for medical and surgical residents, fellows, practicing general surgeons, gastroenterologists and other physicians to learn and test basic endoscopic skills required to form a foundation in the practice of flexible endoscopy. The American Board of Surgery now requires FES as part of the ABS Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum. Surgeons graduating residency in or after the 2017-2018 academic year must complete the ABS Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum to be eligible for board certification in general surgery.