Education

    The Emory Division of Digestive Diseases faculty provide an outstanding experience for Emory University Medical School students. The division’s faculty members have repeatedly won outstanding teaching awards for its part in the Foundations of Medicine Course offered by the Emory University School of Medicine for entry level medical students.

    In addition to daily rounds and lectures to residents of the Hurst Medical Residency Program of the Department of Medicine, the faculty are responsible for post-residency training programs for fourteen (14) board eligible internists in:

    Each of these programs is designed to produce competent sub-specialists and clinical investigators after a three-year tenure. Applicants must have completed an approved Internal Medicine residency, and be licensed to practice in the U.S.

    Fellowship Program Information

    Housestaff and Medical Student Instruction

    The Emory Division of Digestive Diseases offers several opportunities for the house staff and medical student to participate in ward and consultation rotations in order to obtain "hands on" experience in digestive disease medicine.

    The goals of these rotations are threefold:

    • To know the clinical characteristics and natural history of the more important digestive diseases
    • To develop an understanding of the underlying processes that contribute to the pathophysiology of the different diseases
    • To gain an appreciation of how investigators study the basic mechanisms of disease.

    The clinical service includes outpatient offices in the Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta VA Medical Center and Grady Memorial Hospital as well as active inpatient and consultation services with frequent faculty rounds at all Emory affiliated hospitals.

    Division teaching conferences attract participants from a number of basic and clinical disciplines. Conferences include:

    • Journal Club Weekly interdepartmental conference with members of the digestive diseases, radiology and surgery departments
    • Weekly GI Grand Rounds
    • Weekly GI/Pathology conference

    Conferences at Grady and the VA include clinical conferences which are held each week at individual hospitals. House staff who wish to gain experience in flexible sigmoidoscopy are encouraged to participate in these exams while on the rotation.

    Teaching Hospitals

    Digetive diseases clinical training is divided evenly on a rotating basis among three teaching hospitals, under the supervision of digestive diseases faculty members. Each hospital affords the trainee the opportunity to develop essential clinical and endoscopic skills while working with patients in both the hospital and out-patient settings. ABIM and ASGE guidelines are followed.

    Grady Memorial Hospital

    Grady Memorial Hospital is a 1,024-bed inner-city hospital where the Division of Digestive Diseases provides a consultative service. Two GI fellows are responsible for coordinating the in-patient evaluation and management of a variety of acute and chronic GI disorders. Housestaff rotate through this service, which is under the direct supervision of the GI faculty.

    Emory University Hospital

    Emory University Hospital and Emory Clinic are tertiary care facilities to which patients are referred from the 50 states, as well as abroad. Three fellows are on assignment here; first- and second-year fellows are assigned to either in-patient GI service or the liver service, each directed by GI faculty. The in-patient service is staffed by two medical residents, the fellow, and a GI attending. The fellow has both consultative and direct clinical responsibility for in-patients and out-patients. Third-year fellows assist with advanced procedures, or see clinic patients whose procedures relate to their area of investigation.

    Atlanta VA Medical Center 

    Atlanta VA Medical Center is a large, modern facility located two miles from Emory University. Two fellows are assigned here, and, together with rotating medical residents, run the consultative service. There are no subspecialty medical wards. Fellows perform GI procedures on both in-patients and out-patients. Full-time faculty members attend at the VA.

    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.

    Conferences and Courses

    Grand Rounds, Mortality & Morbidity/ CME credit
    Mondays, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Emory Clinic B, Calhoun Auditorium, Tunnel level
    Contact: Tania L. Davis
    Tel: 404-727-5596

    GI/Pathology Conference, Atlanta VA Medical Center
    Mondays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
    Pathology lab at VAMC 2nd floor
    Contact: Steven Law, MD
    Tel: 404-321-6111 x 2058

    Department of Medicine Medical Grand Rounds
    Tuesdays, Noon - 1:00PM
    2nd floor, Emory University Hospital Auditorium
    Contact: Kymberly McMillian
    Tel: 404-251-8796

    GI/Pathology Conference EUH
    Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Emory University Hospital - F131B
    Contact: Robin Rutherford, MD
    Tel: 404-778-2958

    GI/Surgery/Radiology Conference Emory University Hospital
    Wednesdays, 4:30 pm
    Emory University Hospital Annex, Room N122
    Contact: Tiffany Easter
    Tel: 404-778-3800

    GI/Radiology Conference, Atlanta VA Medical Center 
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, Noon - 1:00 pm
    Radiology Conference room VAMC
    Contact: Ron Mixon, MD
    rmixon@emory.edu

    Fellows Conference: Journal Club/Imaging Conf./Core Lectures
    Fridays, 7:30 - 8:30 am
    Whitehead Biomedical Research Bldg. room 200
    Contact: Tania L. Davis 
    Tel: 404-727-5596

    Basic Research Journal Club and Research Seminar
    Fridays, Noon - 1:00 pm
    Whitehead Biomedical Research Bldg. Room 200
    Contact: Carla Fairclough 
    Tel: 404-727-5638

    IBD Case Conference
    Last Thursday of each month - 7:00 am
    DOM Suite H-153 Conference Room
    Contact: Heba Iskandar, MD
    Tel: 404-778-2958

    GI/Pathology Conference, Grady Memorial Hospital
    Last Tuesday of the month, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Pathology Lab
    Contact: Tammera Byrd
    Tel: 404-778-1682

    GI/Radiology Conference, Grady Memorial Hospital
    3rd Wednesday of the month 8:00 am
    Faculty Office Building (FOB) 123
    Contact: Tammera Byrd
    Tel: 404-778-1682