Pediatric Surgery Fellowship | Education

Fellows in the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship program.

Simulation Program

You will receive simulation-based procedural and technical skills education on a regular basis during the Wednesday academic day. This will typically consist of one of the three fellows receiving one-on-one or two-on-one mentorship with Dr. Jill Zalieckas and/or Dr. Biren Modi, with a goal of one session per month for each fellow. These sessions will utilize both FLS type simulation of specific skills as well as synthetic tissue trainers for high-level MIS cases. Occasionally, through the course of the academic year, all three fellows will perform high-fidelity animal tissue based complete procedural simulations for specific index-level procedures. The specific schedules for these simulation-based opportunities will be determined by Dr. Modi and Dr. Zalieckas.

SIMPL Application – Operative Assessment Tool

The separtment uses SIMPL (System for Improving and Measuring Procedural Learning) application to allow the faculty to provide feedback to the fellows regarding their performance on operative cases. The application consists of three questions with an opportunity to dictate case-specific learning points and areas the fellows should continue to focus on.


Throughout the year a number of educational conferences are held on a regular basis at Boston Children’s Hospital including:

  • Combined Conference with Gastroenterology
  • Combined Conference with Radiology
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Oncology Solid Tumor Radiology Conference
  • Professor Rounds
  • Resident Core Lecture
  • Surgical Grand Rounds
  • Trauma Conference
  • Indications Conference

Optional conferences

  • Maternal Fetal Care Conference
  • Vascular Anomalies Conference
  • Solid Tumor Case Conference
  • Tumor Board

In addition, during the two-year fellowship the pediatric surgical fellow will have the opportunity to attend the following outside conferences:

  • Annual Pediatric Surgery Residents Conference at the American Academy of Pediatrics Meeting
  • Pediatric Colorectal Course
  • Annual Pediatric Surgical Oncology Review Course, sponsored by St. Jude’s Children’s
  • Research Hospital
  • Fellows Course in Advanced MIS
  • APSA Annual Meeting

Typical clinical responsibilities

  • daily rounds
  • daily operating room experience
  • outpatient clinic experience
  • weekly conferences
  • “pre-attending” call