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Program Overview

Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Description

Under the directorship of Eugene F. Yen, MD, MBA, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, the program offers extensive training in clinical gastroenterology. Fellows will assess patients with a wide variety of gastrointestinal, pancreatobiliary and hepatic diseases during inpatient and outpatient rotations at both NorthShore University HealthSystem and University of Chicago Hospitals.

Fellows will have developed strong diagnostic and endoscopic skills at the end of their three years of training. Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in research especially focusing on their areas of interest.

The fellowship is a three year training program and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This program has considerable flexibility to accomodate the career goals of the trainees. All fellows spend three years doing hospital based gastroenterology consultations at four of our teaching hospitals. During these rotations, fellows learn how to provide consultative care and perform procedures on inpatients. Fellows initially train on the endoscopy simulator, and then have a steady experience over their three years performing upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy in a high volume community based endoscopy center.

Unique to our program are the intensive rotations at a tertiary referral center, the University of Chicago. Our fellows spend 2-3 months on inpatient and outpatient inflammatory bowel disease, 3-4 months on hepatology with exposure to transplant hepatology and one month on the nutrition service. Fellows will also spend a month in medical genetics at NorthShore.

Fellows have dedicated educational time once per week. During that time, fellows have a weekly board review organized by the chief gastroenterology fellow. In addition, there are rotating conferences with pathology, radiology, journal club, research conference and clinical guideline summaries. At noon, a weekly conference is hosted by the fellows to discuss challenging cases with attending gastroenterologists.

The first year fellows attend a set continuity clinic, while the second and third year fellows have the flexibility to focus on areas of interest.

Rotation Overview

Rotation Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Simulation Lab   1 week As needed  As needed
Evanston

Procedures/consults 
3 months

Medical Genetics
1 month

Procedures/consults
3 months
Procedures/consults 4 months
Glenbrook  Procedures/consults
2 months
Procedures/consults
2 months

Procedures/consults
2 months

Highland Park Procedures/consults
1 month
Procedures/consults
1 month

Procedures/consults
1 month

Skokie  Procedures/consults
1 month
Procedures/consults
1 month
Procedures/consults
1 month
University of Chicago

IBD
1 month

Hepatology
1 month

Nutrition
1 month

IBD
1 month

Hepatology
2 months

Hepatology
1 month
Research 1 month 2 months

3 months

Continuity Clinic GI Clinic
1/2 day per week
GI Clinic
1/2 day per week
*Elective clinics

*Third year fellows will spend 6 months on consult/procedure rotations in the NorthShore system. The schedule will be based on fellow preference and need for fellows on consult services. Third year fellows may perform their rotations as electives at the University of Chicago or at an outside institution, with permission from the Fellowship Director.