Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program
DHR Health

Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program

Thank you for your interest in the Bariatric Fellowship Program at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas. This new program is the first bariatric fellowship program of its kind in South Texas, serving more than a million residents along the U. S.-Mexico border. The Rio Grande Valley is home to many of the highest prevalence rates of obesity, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses. Our fellowship program aims to raise the standard of care in obesity treatment by training physicians in a comprehensive team approach from world-class bariatric surgeons.

DHR Health’s program is focused on addressing obesity with modern treatment strategies, research, and education. Our program is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive and hands-on educational experience that will prepare you for a successful career in bariatric medicine. Patients at DHR Health have access to world-class management of obesity training and related diseases, bariatric surgery, clinical trials, treatment protocols, and additional research opportunities that are offered through the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. At DHR Health, we are committed to staying at the forefront of bariatric medicine, research and treatment. Our team of experienced and passionate faculty members is dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in bariatric medicine. We are thrilled to have you join us in our mission to provide exceptional patient care and advance the field of bariatric medicine.


Mission and Program Aims

Mission Statement:
The Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program along with DHR Health strives to provide an atmosphere that is conducive for learning and committed to training competent, board certified critical care physicians to provide care in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas. Our aim is to provide fellows with the best education that will help them complete their training and mold them into caring and confident bariatric care surgeons who will uphold the high moral standards of their profession. As a fellowship program, we encourage the development of interdisciplinary clinical, research, and teaching programs between divisions, departments, and, extending to other industries.

Program Aims:
The Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Programs' aim is to provide specialized training to surgeons who wish to become experts in performing bariatric surgical procedures. The goal of our Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program is to prepare surgeons to provide safe and effective care to patients undergoing bariatric surgery, and to become leaders in the field of bariatric surgery.

Goals of a bariatric surgery fellowship program may include:

  1. Developing proficiency in performing a range of bariatric surgical procedures, such as gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding.
  2. Understanding the medical, psychological, and nutritional aspects of caring for bariatric surgery patients.
  3. Developing skills in patient selection, preoperative evaluation, and postoperative care.
  4. Learning about the latest advances in bariatric surgery research and technology.
  5. Understanding the role of bariatric surgery in the management of obesity-related health conditions.
  6. Developing effective communication and collaboration skills with other healthcare professionals involved in the care of bariatric surgery patients.


Application and Interview Process

For more information on how to apply follow our internal application process click here

To apply to a Fellowship Council fellowship is a 3-step process.

STEP 1: The first step is to complete your application by creating an account click here.

STEP 2: The second step is the interview process where applicants will be invited to interview by programs.

STEP 3: The third and final step is the matching process where programs and applicants rank each other and submit final rank order lists. The matching process will be conducted via a separate Fellowship Council matching process system.

For more information click here.


Contact Us

Carmen Barrera

Graduate Medical Education Program Liaison

2821 Michaelangelo, Suite 301

Edinburg, TX 78539

(956) 362-3558

[email protected]


Our Curriculum

Learn more regarding our Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program below.


Benefits & Stipend

Vacation and Sick Leave – ALL Residents receive fifteen (15) days of paid vacation and twelve (12) days of sick leave per year. Vacation and sick days do not carry over from year to year.
All residents are eligible for up to twelve (12) weeks of leave for birth or adoption of a child, personal illness, or that of a qualified family member. In accordance with the ACGME Institutional Requirements (IV.H.1.a) the first 6 weeks of the first approved leave will be paid at 100% of their salary and will ensure the continuation of health and disability insurance benefits for residents/fellows and their eligible dependents during any approved medical, parental or caregiver leave(s) of absence. Residents will be provided with a minimum of one week of paid time off reserved for use outside of the first six weeks of the first approved medical, parental, or caregiver leave(s) of absence taken.

Orientation Stipends: Incoming residents will receive $150 per day for estimated 10 days before July 1st for orientation.

Educational / Travel Allowance: In addition to basic salary, each resident is entitled to reimbursement for items that support and advance their education and training, including travel when presenting at a conference or meeting. All reimbursements must be approved by the Program Director and DIO.

PGY1 residents receive a $1,000 allowance for approved expenses.

PGY2 to PGY6 residents receive a $2,000 allowance per year for approved expenses.

Examples of Approved Items
  • Medical Textbooks (paper or electronic)
  • Journal Subscriptions (paper or electronic)
  • Conference Registration
  • Question Banks
  • Medical apps (individual use only)
  • Medical Society Memberships outside of House Staff Benefits
  • Board Prep Materials
  • Travel Expenses

Examples of NON-Approved Items
  • Reimbursement of full licensure
  • Step 3 exam fees
  • Device or Equipment
  • Operating Systems

USMLE Step 3: Each resident is eligible for reimbursement for their USLME Step 3 exam if taken and passed in their PGY-1 year or first year of residency at Company.

Texas Physician-in-Training Permit (PIT): Incoming residents will be reimbursed for their PIT License application fee.

Lab Coats and Scrubs: Residents/Fellows are issued two lab coats and two sets of scrubs during their first year of training unless otherwise specified by the training program. One additional lab coat and one set of scrubs will be given to each resident at the beginning of the second year unless otherwise specified by the training program.

Professional Membership Dues: Membership Dues for all residents in the Texas Medical Association and Hidalgo/Cameron County Medical Society are provided. Additional membership may be specified by your training program.

Certification: Residents will receive reimbursement for required certifications, such as BLS, ACS, and ATLS.

Additional Resident Benefits Include:

Medical Insurance and Prescription Drug Coverage: Company offers each resident medical insurance coverage. Residents have the option to add their spouse and/or children. Residents will be responsible for deductibles and co-pays.

Dental and Vision Insurance: Dental and vision insurance is available for both residents and their families. This is an optional coverage and each resident is responsible for the cost.

Health Care and Dependent Care FSA: Residents may enroll in the flexible spending accounts (FSAs). FSAs allow you to set money aside from your earnings before taxes are withheld to put into an account used to pay out-of-pocket health care expenses with the Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) or qualifying dependent daycare expenses.

Basic Group Term Life (GTL): Residents are provided Basic GTL in the amount of 1x their salary at no cost and without Evidence of Insurability (EOI). Additional Voluntary GTL insurance is available with or without Basic GTL.

Disability Insurance: Residents are offered long-term disability insurance at no cost. Short-term disability can be purchased as an optional insurance.

Professional Liability Insurance: Residents are covered under the Company professional liability policy at no cost.

Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment: Basic accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D) is part of the Company’s benefit package at no cost. Residents may choose to enroll themselves and eligible dependents in optional Voluntary AD&D Insurance.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DHR Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. We know that diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact, by generating varied perspectives and in turn better ideas to solve complex problems. We are committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, skills and views, by ensuring fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all residents, faculty, and staff. We strive to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups, due to race, ethnicity, language, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, physical or mental disability, and others.

We appreciate the unique abilities and perspectives of our diverse workforce and community. By creating an environment where faculty, physicians, residents, fellows, and staff can be their true selves at work without fear of judgment, we aim to foster creativity, raise productivity, and improve organizational performance. We believe that all our faculty, physicians, residents/fellows, and staff play the critical role in the overall success of the organization and the vision we have for our community. We create a sense of belonging at the workplace, where employees are appreciated for their unique contributions, recognized for their accomplishments, supported in their career goals, and have a sense of connection to how they are positively impacting their community.

Through community partnerships, we generate transformation within our institution as a means of advocating for better care for our patients, creating a more diverse physician workforce, and serving our community. We strive to promote social justice by advocating for equitable health care, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, social status, or ability to pay. We are committed to an organizational culture that will connect our residents and fellows to the organization; encourage collaboration, flexibility and fairness; and leverage diversity throughout the organization, so that all residents and fellows will be able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

DHR Health recruits resident/fellow applicants underrepresented in medicine (UIM) for advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The DHR Health GME Diversity Committee is included in all planning phases of faculty and resident/fellow recruitment, selection, and retention and includes hospital leaders, GME representatives, and residents/fellows.

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Fellow Life

Our Commitment to Wellness

  • Counseling services provided to residents and faculty are available Monday-Friday from 8am - 8pm and on weekends from 9am - 6pm. Call 956-362-2732 to set up an appointment.

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