Gastroenterology (GI) Fellowship Program

    The third year of training is devoted to gaining competence as a clinical investigator, learning more advanced endoscopic procedures, and heightening clinical skills. Some course work will be required, including medical statistics and epidemiology. This year will be structured around the trainee's research interests, and he/she will be expected to submit a completed project for publication.

    Skills: Rotating at these three hospitals gives the trainee exposure to a large variety of patients with organic GI or liver diseases. Under faculty supervision, trainees have ample opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to develop into well-trained gastroenterologists. Various procedures will be learned, including:  sophagogastroduodenoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, esophageal dilatation, esophageal and anorectal manometry, endoscopic sclerotherapy and banding, colonoscopy, polypectomy, endoscopic gastrostomy, coagulation of bleeding lesions, and percutaneous liver biopsy.

    Additionally, a variety of diagnostic tests are performed in the GI laboratory at Emory University Hospital, and the GI fellow will learn how to interpret these tests.

    Special Conferences are coordinated with the Departments of Surgery, Radiology, and Pathology. Fellows take an active role with respect to patient presentation, and discussion of mechanisms of disease and management. Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Pathophysiology, Video Imaging, are all conducted at the Emory location, as well as a weekly conference where liver transplant cases are discussed. A Tuesday afternoon Gastrointestinal clinic at Grady is attended by all fellows and residents rotating on the consult service. In this setting, the fellows are responsible for long-term follow-up and management of a variety of interesting and challenging GI disorders. Faculty are present to discuss/help with clinical management.

    Research: Fellows actively prepare and participate in a clinical science research project suitable for publication in their specific area of interest. The Clinical Research Center at Emory University Hospital is an 8-bed research unit available for clinical research and in-depth patient evaluation under special protocol. Presentation of this work at local/national meetings is strongly supported and financially subsidized. A variety of basic and clinical research studies are currently being performed at all three institutions.

    Meetings: The Division allows for all fellows to attend one national meeting during the first two years of training, and subsidizes transportation and lodging.

    Vacations: Trainees are allotted three weeks paid vacation per year.

    Salary: For appropriate PGY category.

    Interim Division Director: Shanthi Srinivasan, MD

    For more information about the Gastroenterology (GI) Fellowship Program, you can visit us online at the Freida database.