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Program Overview

We offer a three-year, ACGME-accredited training program. Following the fellowship, trainees will be fully prepared for board-certification in gastroenterology. Four positions will be offered for training beginning in 2014.

Clinical Training

The gastroenterology faculty is dedicated to the goal of providing a comprehensive educational environment that fosters the professional development of fellows, thereby enabling them to become proficient gastroenterologists. While the faculty believes that clinical experience is the principal foundation of gastroenterology education, they also believe that a significant portion of the fellow’s education is achieved through lectures, conferences, teaching rounds, research, and an up-to-date comprehension of gastroenterology literature. Therefore, the gastroenterology curriculum is designed to afford fellows the opportunity to attend lectures, conferences, participate in teaching rounds, conduct research and also have sufficient time for review and study of current literature.

Clinical TrainingThe program also stresses the role of gastroenterologists as consultants and the need to establish the skills necessary to communicate effectively with referring physicians. Every aspect of training includes the cultivation of an attitude of skepticism and inquiry and a dedication to continuing education that will remain with the fellows throughout their professional careers. A major contributor to the enhancement of a scholarly attitude is active participation in one or more research projects, ideally followed by presentation of the work at a national meeting and publication of a paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

The field of gastroenterology has been divided into 17 areas in the Gastroenterology Core Curriculum, and into 19 core knowledge areas requiring achievement of competency as defined by the ACGME subspecialty program requirements, encompassing the breadth of knowledge and skills required for the practice of gastroenterology. These areas include not only the traditional curricular content of gastroenterology and hepatology but also associated disciplines such as nutrition, pathology, radiology, surgery, endoscopy, and research.

Fellows will provide care for patients in the hospitals’ intensive care units (including medical, cardiac, surgical, cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, and trauma units), as well as in a variety of outpatient settings where fellows will provide continuity care to ambulatory patients. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in various subspecialty clinics, including Functional Bowel, IBD, Celiac, and Liver Transplant clinics. A rotation in pediatric gastroenterology is available through an affiliation with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Endoscopic Training

Endoscopic TrainingThe faculty in the Division of Gastroenterology perform more than 35,000 procedures annually at these three facilities.

Our hospitals’ facilities include all up-to-date general endoscopy equipment including scopes with capacity for narrow-band imaging and magnification endoscopy, ERCP and fluoroscopic equipment including sphincter manometry, cholangioscopy, electrohydraulic and laser lithotripsy; also EUS and fine needle aspiration, capsule endoscopy and radiographic equipment with digital video imaging, as well as technology to perform radiofrequency ablation, endoscopic mucosal resection, placement of advanced enteral nutrition devices, and enteral and pancreatico-biliary stenting. A full complement of support services, including anesthesiology, pathology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, surgery, and oncology are available.

Procedural experience in general endoscopic procedures (EGD, colonoscopy) and exposure to advanced procedures (ERCP, EUS) is provided.

Why choose our program?

  • Dedicated office space for fellows
  • Fellowship-provided personal computers for use during three years of training
  • Electronic, web-based curriculum
  • Electronic Sharepoint intranet site for fellow resources, schedules, etc.
  • Electronic access to medical journals, texts and UpToDate from the hospital and home
  • Inpatient computerized patient records accessible from home
  • Outpatient electronic health record
  • Web-based evaluation system
  • Individual mentorship with assigned faculty member
  • Elective opportunities
  • Access to the STAR Center
  • Out-of-hospital call
  • 3 weeks (15 working days) of vacation annually
  • Monthly meal ticket allowance
  • Annual GME allowance for meetings, textbooks, etc
  • 100% board pass rate for the last three years
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