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About the Program

YEAR 1

gastroThe first year is chiefly devoted to clinical training on the UMass Memorial University Campus inpatient GI and Liver service. All patients are covered by resident teams, and as such the fellows play a key role in teaching and mentoring. The fellows work closely with a dedicated attending to see patients as well as perform necessary procedures. There are also medical students and residents that join our inpatient teams. Fellows will also rotate on the inpatient service at St. Vincent’s Hospital, with similar responsibilities and expectations. There is additional time dedicated to outpatient ambulatory clinics including a half-day of continuity clinic and other specialty-focused clinics. During this time, there is an opportunity to see outpatients and work with a variety of attendings. The focus of research in the first year is to develop a project and research ideas. We also schedule dedicated time for endoscopy training within the first 3 months. There is an opportunity to perform upper endoscopies, colonoscopies, as well as participate in double balloon enteroscopy, Spirus enteroscopy, video capsule endoscopy, and paracentesis.  

YEAR 2

The second year is more varied. Second years will spend more time on the inpatient service at the Memorial Campus with some increased autonomy in providing patient care. Month rotations include University Campus liver inpatient service and inpatient service at St. Vincent’s Hospital. There is more time allowed for research. During the second year, there is more opportunity to participate in advanced procedures including EUS and ERCP. There is additional time dedicated to outpatient clinic. Fellows will be able to engage in more endoscopy time to perform a variety of cases.

YEAR 3

Third year fellows will have even more flexibility with their schedule in order to support areas of interest in gastroenterology and hepatology. Generally, 3 months are dedicated to research with the expectation to complete and present a project at a regional or national meeting. To hone inpatient skills, month long rotations include covering the University inpatient GI service and an additional month at St. Vincent’s Hospital. There are increased opportunities to participate in advanced procedures including EUS and ERCP. A month is again devoted to outpatient and ambulatory clinics. We have the expectation that third year fellows assume a clear mentoring role for the first and second year fellows. We hope the third year can be molded to cap the fellow’s educational journey to specific interests and goals.