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Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
The Section of Gastroenterology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans offers a 3-year fellowship program leading to board eligibility in gastroenterology. Fellowship training takes place at affiliated hospitals in the New Orleans area and provides in-depth clinical training as well as the opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical research.
First year fellows are responsible for the evaluation and treatment of patients with a variety of digestive diseases encountered at our three primary training sites. He/she is also responsible for the evaluation and treatment, both short and long term, of outpatients with digestive diseases referred to the LSU ambulatory clinics at each site. First year fellows begin their education in endoscopic procedures by performing upper GI endoscopy, diagnostic colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy.
Second year fellows increase their responsibilities by becoming primarily responsible for decision making for complex cases under faculty supervision. They are also assigned to perform more advanced endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopy with polypectomy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Most trainees fulfill all requirements for endoscopic procedural experience by the end of their second year of training, allowing them to focus on additional specialty training during their final year of fellowship.
Third year fellows, in continuum with responsibilities of second year fellows, are provided progressive independence during patient visits and for procedures. At this level of training, fellows serve as mentors for medical students, residents and first/second year fellows. Fellows in their final year of training are offered specialized experiences in advanced procedures and/or subspecialties of digestive disease. Although most of our trainees choose to utilize this opportunity to become proficient in ERCP, our program has the ability to provide experiences in other techniques such as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and small bowel endoscopy. All aspects of patient care and education as listed above are performed in close collaboration with supervising faculty members.
LSU Multidisciplinary Conference is held on a weekly basis with the participation of all members of the LSU Gastroenterology Section as well as the fellows and faculty of the Tulane Gastroenterology Section. This important conference incorporates core lectures, radiology conference, pathology conference, journal clubs, research conference, and guest presentations into one extended educational session.
Program Monitoring & Improvement:
The quality of training activities are monitored closely by a number of measures. These include, but are not limited to, scheduled written and oral evaluations by faculty, fellows, nurses, and patients. Several initiatives have been undertaken to analyze the quality of training in order to continuously improve the training program as part of the ACMGE phase III project.
For candidates applying for fellowship positions starting July 1, 2014, the LSU Gastroenterology Fellowship program will participate in the NRMP (GI Match) with two positions. Applicants for these positions must apply via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) web site. This application may be found at :
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