Advanced Training in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

Advanced hands-on training in thyroid and parathyroid surgery is offered by the Department of General Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation under the preceptorship of Dr. Alan Siperstein and Dr. Mira Milas. The goal of the program is to help practicing physicians:

  • Improve proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with thyroid and parathyroid diseases and to learn the appropriate criteria for selection of patients that may benefit from surgical intervention thus improving surgical outcomes.
  • Learn innovative surgical strategies and techniques for the treatment of thyroid and parathyroid diseases.
The curriculum of the 4-week program will include observation, didactic sessions and lab work followed by out patient experience and hands-on surgical training under the direct supervision of the preceptor.

Learning goals in the Outpatient Clinic will include:
  • patient evaluation
  • Thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules
Learning goals in the Operating Room will include:
  • Techniques of minimal incision endocrine surgery
  • Use of the harmonic scalpel in thyroid surgery
To be accepted into the program, participants should be licensed in the state of Ohio or be eligible to apply for a Special Activities Permit and should have practicing privileges in the parent institution. The participants must also provide a statement on goals and expectations related to the program along with the application.

The advanced hands-on training in thyroid and parathyroid surgery will be offered over a 4-week period. The registration fee for the program is $10,000. Please review the Participation Agreement (pdf) included in the application package for other related details.

Application and Instructions (pdf)