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Gastroenterology Fellowship Program


Welcome to the University of Maryland/National Institutes of Health Gastroenterology-Hepatology Scholars Program!

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  • The goal of this program is to train clinical researchers in Gastroenterology utilizing the extensive resources of the NIH Clinical Research Center and faculty members of the Digestive Diseases Branch. Specific objectives include:

    • Engage in active clinical or basic GI research under the mentorship of the principal investigator
    • Complete ACGME-mandated clinical requirements through participation in the GI consultation service, continuity clinics, and endoscopic procedures
    • Attend clinical and research conferences, including journal club, pathology and radiology rounds, medical grand rounds, and visiting professor lectures

    A UMMC/NIH joint fellowship program provides a unique opportunity to train GI fellows to become outstanding clinical or translational researchers. The unique opportunities available at NIH - including numerous clinical protocols in GI and liver diseases and access to NIH personnel and patients - are not readily available at UMMS. Fellows will work with a faculty mentor at NIH and actively participate in ongoing NIH clinical protocols or engage in translational bench research. Fellows will receive the training and experience to become successful clinical researchers in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. NIH has an active inpatient GI/Liver consultation service, where fellows will complete their ACGME-mandated inpatient clinical rotations (6 months required) during their two-year tenure. Outpatient clinics will meet the continuity clinic requirement. Fellows will be exposed to a broad variety of gastrointestinal diseases during these rotations. Within the endoscopy unit at NIH, fellows will participate in faculty-supervised endoscopic procedures performed on patients seen in the inpatient and outpatient rotations.

    Under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Wank, Chief of the Digestive Diseases Branch, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, the program has a strong commitment to providing excellent training to its fellows to develop the skills necessary to become independent academic gastroenterologists. Nine NIH faculty participate in the fellowship training program. During the first year of GI training, fellows will complete 12 months of clinical training including a continuity clinic at UMMC and BVAMC. During the second and third years, the fellows will spend 100% of their time at the NIH, where they will complete all ACGME clinical and research requirements.


    Last updated: 09/29/2010


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