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Fellowship Life

Chief Fellow's Message

We are delighted you are considering Indiana University for your Gastroenterology Fellowship training! It is a fantastic institution that offers a variety of patient care environments, endoscopy exposure, and research opportunities. The faculty are top-notch and have authored guideline statements across gastroenterology and hepatology. Some occupy leadership positions across Indiana University as well as national Gastroenterology and Hepatology organizations. They may be at the pinnacle of their respective fields, but they are approachable and invested in fellow education. After your fellowship begins, you are paired with a personal or life coach to serve as a mentor in addition to your research mentor. Their role is to follow your well-being and ensure you are in a healthy place to achieve your personal and professional goals.  

The fellowship program, championed by program director Dr. Nabil Fayad and program coordinator Anna Papazian, has made wellness a priority. Recent initiatives include sponsoring entry into the Indy-Mini virtual half-marathon for runners, providing breakfast at didactic morning conferences, and participating in the free-membership program to the local Indianapolis Art Museum: Newfields. We also host periodic gatherings with division support to celebrate occasions from the start of training for first years all the way through celebrating graduation. Some events have included barbecues, Pacer basketball game excursions, and trivia nights at local bars on Mass Ave. We work hard and are challenged by our training, but we also have a culture of respect, support, and empathy for our fellow trainees.

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Claire Jansson-Knodell, MD


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Day in the Life of a Gastroenterology Fellow


Follow along two of our fellows, Umer Bhatti, MD and Indy Bhavsar, MD throughout one day in GI Fellowship. 

Life in Indianapolis

Nationally ranked for its livability, thriving Indianapolis has something to offer for everyone. Our fellows live in various parts of the Indianapolis area. Some prefer to live downtown near Mass Ave. to enjoy the thriving restaurant scene, the beautiful canal, and cultural trail. Others live in the suburbs, enjoying various parks and family friendly activities. With no shortage of professional sports teams, craft breweries, and the largest children's museum in the world, Indianapolis has something for you. 

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