Educational Purpose and Rationale

Two gastroenterology fellows in each of the three years receive an abundance of practical clinical experience and develop complete gastrointestinal consultative and endoscopic skills within the framework of the clinical fellowship. Fellows learn about the indications and contraindications for various gastrointestinal procedures, become familiar with the basic literature of the subspecialty and gain skills in researching patient cases in great detail.

During this program, fellows perform clinical research studies and are expected to present results at national meetings and publish in peer reviewed journals. Fellows also develop presentation skills during conferences: these presentations sometimes involve obtaining more detailed knowledge of the literature than a routine consultation might. Trainees present interesting and complex cases twice a month at GI conference.

Patient Characteristics and Clinical Encounters

The section of gastroenterology is involved in many research studies and clinical trials dealing with chronic liver disease, pancreatic cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, small bowel enteroscopy, neuroendocrine tumors, inflammatory bowel disease and many other subjects in gastroenterology.

Trainees in our program are provided clinical experience in both private and public hospital settings. These experiences include interaction with patients as hospital inpatients and ambulatory visits as well as during endoscopic procedural evaluation. At our primary training site, University Medical Center, patients are assigned to a specific trainee for maintence of continuity of care in clinic as well as for hospital or endoscopy encounters.