Fellowship - About the Program

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Indiana University is an ACGME-accredited program that offers combined clinical and academic training. The fellowship is tailored to each individual fellow's career goals. Most fellows are enrolled in a three-year training program, which includes at least 18 months of clinical training and at least 4 months of faculty-mentored research. Our comprehensive clinical curriculum provides fellows rigorous training in the various aspects of gastrointestinal, pancreaticobiliary and liver diseases, including an extensive endoscopy experience; additional electives in areas such as GI motility, endoscopic ultrasound, advanced GI radiology, pediatric gastroenterology or GI pathology are available. Suitable fellows interested in a research career are enrolled in a four-year clinical investigator fellowship track, which includes at least 24 months dedicated to research.

Inpatient Experience:
Clinical training is carried out in the three teaching hospitals on campus: University Hospital (a tertiary and quaternary referral center for the state and surrounding region), Wishard Memorial Hospital (a community-based hospital) and the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans' Affairs Medical Center. The three hospitals are within walking distance of each other on campus, and the fellows spend about one third of their time in each setting. Clinical experience in endoscopy and as inpatient gastroenterology consultant is gained at all three sites; in addition, dedicated hepatology rotations are carried at University Hospital.

Outpatient Experience:
Training includes a half-day per week of continuity clinic, which is provided either at the Wishard Memorial Hospital or at the VA Medical Center. Each fellow spends at least one year of continuity clinic at one location, and the rest at the other location; this ensures that all fellows get the appropriate gender, age and pathology-based exposure to a variety of common gastrointestinal disorders. In addition, the fellows participate throughout their training in dedicated outpatient clinics for inflammatory bowel disease, motility disorders, pancreaticobiliary diseases and liver diseases (including pre- and post-liver transplant clinics).

Conferences:
Fellows participate in several didactic activities each week. These include GI Grand Rounds, Journal Club, GI clinical case conferences, multi-disciplinary conferences, transplant hepatology conferences, pancreaticobiliary conferences, Mortality and Morbidity conferences, dedicated pathology conferences, a clinical guidelines series and a GI curriculum board review series. In addition, GI fellows will attend national conferences and are also encouraged to participate in a board-review course in gastroenterology.

Research Training:
Multiple research opportunities are available for fellows, as more than 30 faculty serve as potential mentors in clinical or basic research. This includes translational research on non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and drug hepatotoxicities; clinical studies on ERCP, pancreatic-biliary manometry, endoscopic ultrasound, colorectal neoplasms, alcoholic and hepatitis C-related liver diseases, inflammatory bowel disease and GI motility disorders; as well as bench research on alcoholic liver disease, the genetics of alcoholism, expression of liver specific genes, studies on biliary epithelial biology and clinical pharmacology related to the liver and GI tract.

Enrollment:
We typically support 4 fellowship positions per year. All applicants must be enrolled or have completed an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine residency program. We do not support privately sponsored positions. Our candidates are selected through the Electronic Residency Application Service (www. aamc.org/eras) and all our positions are offered through the National Residency Matching Program (www.nrmp.org). The fellowship interviews will take place in September, for positions beginning on July 1st of the following year. We are happy to invite you to submit your ERAS application to participate in our interviews, which will be held this year on Saturday September 21st 2013 .

Our center sponsors J1 visas; and on a case by case basis, we will extend H1-B visas if already initiated by other sponsors. Our institution is an equal based opportunity employer and minorities and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Advanced Training:
The Division of Gastroenterology also provides advanced training in ERCP, EUS and IBD. These three programs are all separated and each is designed to last 12 months. Availability in these programs is limited to generally 1 or 2 positions per year. For further information regarding the advanced biliary-pancreatic endoscopy training, please contact the respective subspecialty program directors, Dr. Evan Fogel (ERCP) or Dr. Mohammad Al-Haddad (EUS).

At this point, we do not offer advanced training positions in hepatology or motility, although intermittently support and funding may become available, so please visit us periodically if you are interested in these areas of training.

 

Thank you for your interest in our program.

 

For further information, please contact:
Program Director:
Nabil Fayad, M.D.

 

Fellowship Coordinator:
Emily Shumaker
1050 Wishard Blvd.,
Suite RG 4100,
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Telephone: (317) 278-4427
Fax: (317) 278-6870