Background: Institutions training both General Surgery (GS) residents and Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary (HPB) fellows must strive for adequate case volumes for each trainee cohort. Methods: Six academic years of graduating ACGME Residency and HPB Fellowship Council case logs (July 2011-June 2017) and institutional administrative faculty billing data were examined at a single high-volume center with a formal HPB Surgical Division with both GS Residency and HPB Surgery Fellowship trainees. Results: During the 6-year period, 7482 operations were performed by HPB faculty (5.5 total full-time equivalent (FTE)) and included 2419 major liver, 375 major biliary, and 1591 major pancreas cases. Residents/fellows performed 1102 (50%)/1101 (50%) of all major liver operations, 165 (49.7%)/163 (50.3%) major biliary operations, and 843 (59.2%)/581 (40.8%) major pancreas operations, with significantly different case mix of pancreas for resident versus fellow, p < 0.0001. The overall relative proportion of total HPB cases performed by residents versus fellows was 53%/47%, respectively, and this was stable over time, with no significant decrease in resident exposure/cases with dedicated HPB fellowship. Conclusions: Our experience in training both GS residents and HPB fellows with a formal HPB Surgical Division suggests that a high volume HPB Division allows for more than adequate exposure for both groups of trainees.
- Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary surgery
- general surgery residency
- surgical education
- trainee case volume
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