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Program Highlights

We are an ACGME accredited, three- year training program located in Worcester, MA.  Three applicants match every year to highly competitive spots and are immediately exposed to a busy clinical environment and immersed in our academic mission.  Over their 3 years of training, fellows are expected to perform various duties which include: providing inpatient consults and longitudinal outpatient care; building on knowledge of the relevant physiology and pathology via their clinical work, academic conferences, self-directed learning and teaching opportunities; participating in ongoing clinical research projects and quality improvement efforts; and of course, learning the techniques involved with various endoscopic procedures.  Front loaded, fellows have progressively more time by their last year of training to sign up for electives (including away rotations) and hone in on areas of clinical and research-based interests.

One of the cornerstones of GI training is learning endoscopic procedures and the sheer volume seen at UMass guarantees that you will scope! A talented faculty provides a wide collection of procedures and interventions, and fellows are exposed to all of it, including routine screening colonoscopies to complex lesion removal with EMR or ESD, ERCP with balloon sweep to EUS or IR guided rendezvous procedures, and various techniques for hemostasis.

Equally important is our dedication to fellows’ research efforts. Clinical trials and QI initiatives involving evolving IBD treatments, chronic pancreatitis outcomes, VCE based luminal bleeding algorithms and liver transplantation for acute alcoholic hepatitis are some examples of the projects undertaken by faculty and fellows, as well as other trainees. Fellows are required and encouraged to develop their own ideas and implement them under the guidance of a faculty PI and have the chance to take the lead on their projects as they coordinate assignments with students and residents.