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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.

The bulk of training for fellows will be on the inpatient consult service at our 4 main teaching hospitals at NorthShore, which all offer unique experiences in general gastroenterology, motility, video capsule endoscopy, and hepatology. In addition, research rotations will be throughout training, which will allow fellows to work closely with our medical informatics team to perform clinical research and quality improvement projects. Fellows also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at our partnering institution, the University of Chicago, for ongoing investigation.

Unique to our program are the intensive rotations at the University of Chicago, our tertiary referral center and partner. 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.

Training future educators is also a focus of this program. Fellows have dedicated educational time once per week, where senior fellows organize conferences with pathology and radiology, and live lectures from staff. During that time, fellows have a weekly board review organized by the chief gastroenterology fellow. In addition, fellows spend several months of training as the "teaching fellow," where they focus on lectures to residents and staff. 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/Glenbrook

Highland Park/Skokie hospital

Procedures/consults 

Medical Genetics (Evanston)
1 month

Procedures/consults 

Procedures/consults 

University of Chicago

IBD
1 month

Hepatology
1 month

 

IBD
1 month

Hepatology
1 month

Nutrition
1 month

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.