Gastroenterology&Hepatology In the Department of Medicine

Program Timeline

First Year

The first year is devoted entirely to acquiring the clinical skills necessary to be an accomplished gastroenterologist and hepatologist. In addition to performing inpatient and outpatient consultations, the trainee gains considerable experience with those procedures necessary to fulfill this role. These procedures include upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, esophageal dilation, endoscopic band ligation, colonoscopy, polypectomy, and endoscopic hemostasis techniques.

Second & Third Year

These years are predominantly devoted to research. Fellows will spend the last two years, or more if needed, in one of the well-established research programs of a full-time Stanford faculty member within or outside of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Laboratory-based fellows spend their second and third years in bench-oriented research activities, while fellows interested in more clinically-oriented research spend their second and third years gaining clinical and investigative skills that may include completing course work of a Masters Degree program in Epidemiology or Health Services Research. During this time, fellows are encouraged to prepare independent applications for advanced research training, including National Research Service Awards, VA Career Development Awards, NIH Clinical Investigator and Physician Scientist Awards.

Fellows will also devote additional time to clinical activities to meet the requirements for board eligibility and certification. Clinical activities include one half-day of continuity clinic, one half-day of performing procedures, and sharing night-call responsibilities at Stanford and the VA.

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