With more than 30 faculty serving as potential mentors, several opportunities are available for clinical or basic research throughout fellowship training. This includes translational research on non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and drug hepatotoxicities; clinical studies on ERCP, pancreatic-biliary manometry, endoscopic ultrasound, colorectal neoplasms, alcohol and hepatitis C-related diseases, inflammatory bowel disease and GI motility disorders; and 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.
Gastroenterology fellows participate in several didactic activities each week. These include GI Grand Rounds, Journal Club, GI clinical case conferences, multidisciplinary 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, fellows attend national conferences and are encouraged to participate in a GI board-review course.
The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for fellowship candidate selections, and all positions are offered through the National Residency Matching Program. Selected candidates are invited to the IU School of Medicine–Indianapolis campus for interviews, which are held in September for positions beginning on July 1 of the following year.
The division typically supports five fellowship positions each year. All applicants must be enrolled or have completed an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency program. The Gastroenterology Fellowship Program sponsors J1 Visas; however, may extend to H1-B Visas on a case-by-case basis if the applicant is already initiated by other sponsors.
For further information, contact the Gastronenterology and Hepatology Fellowship coordinator.
In addition to the three-year Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology provides advanced training in Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), Endocscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)—as stand-alone 12-month programs. Availability for these programs is limited to one or two positions each academic year. For more information regarding the advanced biliary-pancreatic endoscopy training, please contact program director Jeffrey Easler, MD. Advanced training positions in hepatology or motility are not currently open for applicants; support and funding may become available intermittently.