During the first year, fellows have intensive exposure to inpatient and outpatient gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. They develop skills in relevant procedures and are exposed to both liver and bowel transplantation and adult gastroenterology. In their second and third years, aside from weekly clinics, fellows focus on an academic research pursuit. They are expected to complete relevant course work and academic requirements for training and to prepare a research project from start to finish. During the fellowship, they are expected to present their work locally and are encouraged to present at national meetings. Fellows will develop the skills necessary to become independent academic pediatric gastroenterologists with active research programs.
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 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.
Research opportunities for a training fellow are limitless. Within our division we are currently doing clinical research in transplantation, hepatitis and other hepatopathies, inflammatory bowel disease and abdominal pain, and basic research in hepatic metabolism. Collaborative researchers at our affiliate institutions in gastroenterology have active programs in hepatobiliary disease, hepatitis, 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.