During the first year, our fellows have an intensive exposure to inpatient and outpatient gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. They develop procedural skills and are exposed to a wide variety of acute and chronic gastrointestinal diseases including intestinal rehabilitation, liver and bowel transplantation. In their second and third years, fellows focus almost exclusively on an academic research pursuit, allowing them to prepare a unique research project and see it through fruition. Fellows are encouraged and supported in presenting their research at national and international meetings. This training is focused on providing fellows the skills necessary to become independent academic pediatric gastroenterologists.
Fellows gain expertise in inpatient and outpatient patient care, consultative services and gastroenterological and hepatic procedures. Fellows also participate in subspecialty clinics (i.e., IBD, motility, hepatology, transplant and bowel rehabilitation) and adult gastroenterology procedures and care at the University of Washington Medical Center. Throughout the program, fellows have their own continuity clinic, where they are the continuity provider for outpatient pediatric gastroenterology patients. The fellows prepare and give talks in multiple formats and information settings, and lead multi-specialty conferences.
With over $100 million of NIH funding to the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the research opportunities for our trainees are nearly limitless. Within our division we are currently doing clinical research in liver and small bowel transplantation, infectious hepatitis and other hepatopathies, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis and Hirschsprungs Disease, along with basic science research in hepatic drug metabolism, and the central regulation of glucose homeostasis. Collaborative researchers at our affiliate institutions in gastroenterology have active programs in hepatobiliary disease, inflammatory bowel disease, motility disorders, and the immunologic basis of gastrointestinal disease; they also do basic science research in the pathophysiological and biochemical basis of these diseases.