Structure and Tracks

Our 3-year GI Fellowship Training Program aims to prepare fellows for careers in academic medicine and is separated into three tracks:

  1. Clinical Scholar track (“Gastroenterology/Clinical Investigator Research” – NRMP Program Code 1293144F0)
  2. NIH-funded T32 Clinical Research track (“Gastroenterology/Research-Outcomes” – NRMP Program Code 1293144F2)
  3. NIH-funded T32 Basic/Translational Research track (“Gastroenterology/Basic Science Research” – NRMP Program Code 1293144F1)

Fellows following both the Clinical Scholar track and NIH-funded T32 Basic/Translational Research track will spend the entire first year on the clinical gastroenterology services of the University (about 8 months) and VA Hospital (about 4 months) acquiring basic endoscopic skills and a firm clinical foundation in gastroenterology. In contrast, fellows following the NIH-funded T32 Clinical Research track will spend about 10 months in formal research training during their first year.

In their second and third years, fellows following the Clinical Scholar track will assume a more supervisory role in the clinical services of the two hospitals, while also learning more advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. These fellows will also be provided with protected time for research. The specific amount of research time depends on the long-term goals and interests of the individual fellow. 

Fellows following the Basic Science track will have a significant amount of time for protected research, summing to 18 months total during their second and third years. For those fellows following the Clinical Research track, their second year will be devoted primarily to clinical training, and their third year will combine additional clinical training and research time, for a total of 18 months of research time.

In addition to our 3-year GI Fellowship Training Program, we have a 4th-year fellowship program in advanced endoscopy, a 4th-year fellowship program in transplant hepatology, and a 4th-year fellowship program in esophageal disorders.