Number of Positions Offered: 2
T. Ellis Barnes, MD
5354 Reynolds Street, #202
Savannah, GA 31405
Metro Surgical Savannah has a large volume of operations and a wide breadth of pathology and severity of disease. Our group covers acute care and performs elective operations in two hospital practice locations in Savannah, GA. Our two fellows rotate between these two facilities throughout the year. We do not have residents or other fellows that our Mastery in General Surgery participants would have to compete with for cases. Due to our high case volumes, each fellow has ample opportunity to gain the experience they need to meet their individual goals for the year. Our program is unique in that we average at least 600 cases per year for each of our fellows. This ensures that our fellows have the tools that they need to be able to practice in rural or urban settings when they complete the program. Ultimately, our goal is to provide Junior Associates with the skills and confidence to flourish in any practice setting as a general surgeon.
The Program Chief and all of the Senior Associates have had years of experience with both surgical education and leadership. All of the Senior Associates have a wide variety of educational and mentorship experience as well. As such, the group will be able to provide strong mentorship for the Junior Associate. All of the Senior Associates have a wide variety of educational and mentorship experience as well. Our surgical group also has practice locations in Sylvania, Rincon, Pooler, Jesup, Richmond Hill, and Bluffton, SC, if the Junior Associates wish to expand their rural experience.
The Junior Associate will spend six months in Savannah with the Senior Associate subspecialists and six months in Jesup with the general surgeons.
The expectation of the Junior Associate is to cover large/complex cases and help with rounds 2 weekends per month.. There will always be back-up for the Junior Associate for all facets of the experience. As the Junior Associate gains confidence in their competencies, supervision will change from direct to indirect. This will facilitate the Junior Associates’ transition into an efficient and autonomous role. The Junior Associate will also participate in medical student education. The Junior Associates will be required to log their cases in the Surgeon Specific Registry through the ACS website throughout the year.
An initial interview will establish expectations and goals of the Mastery Program experience. Feedback will be given to the Junior Associate during cases. Every three months, the Program Chief will meet with the Junior Associate to discuss their progress and to ensure that the experience is helping him/her achieve the set goals of the year. The mid-year evaluation process will be executed by compiling the various Senior Associates’ written evaluations and discussing the Junior Associate’s progress toward the goals for the year. The rest of the Junior Associate’s experience can then be tailored to ensure that their goals are met and that the experience is optimal for personal and professional growth. The Final Assessment of the Junior Associate will be performed through a meeting format, in which the compilation of evaluations from all of the Senior Associates will be reviewed. The meeting will also include feedback from the Junior Associate about their experience in the program.
The Junior Associate will have the opportunity to learn billing and collections with personnel associated with our practice. Each Senior Associate in the group has a unique surgical practice background, providing a breadth of contract negotiation skills. Learning opportunities for quality improvement, safety initiatives, etc., will be present throughout the Junior Associates’ experience.
CME activities will be tailored according to the individual needs of the Junior Associate and a wide range of activities are supported. Associates preparing for boards will have arrangements that would work with their schedule for board review and teaching sessions.
John W. Odom, MD, FACS
Mark E. Blankenship, MD, FACS
Anthony M. Foley, MD, FACS
Ravindra K. George, MBBS, FACS
Eirik Svennevik, MD, FACS
Katherine Petersen, MD
Joey L. Christmas, MD
Sarah Gill, MD, MS, FACS