Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship
The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is fortunate in having full-time faculty clinical, translational and basic science investigators with interests and expertise in several major areas of digestive disease. These areas include gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal motor disorders, gastrointestinal motility, functional gastrointestinal disorders, viral hepatitis, liver cancer, liver transplantation, acute and chronic liver disease, colon cancer, peptic ulcer disease, inflammatory bowel disease, nutrition, pancreaticobiliary disease, advanced endoscopy, clinical trials and outcomes research. Active clinical and/or basic science research efforts and renowned mentors exist in all of these areas.
The general fellowship program is designed to cover three years, although additional training in inflammatory bowel disease, outcomes research, interventional gastroenterology, esophageal disease and transplant hepatology are all available. In addition, multiple training tracks (T32) as well as the three-year transplant hepatology track are available based on the interest of the fellow. The aim is to provide a broad range of experiences in both clinical and investigative gastroenterology and hepatology. Matriculating fellows are expected to be well prepared for future careers in either academic or practice settings. Four fellows are generally accepted each year in our GI program (one to two general GI track, one to two T32 research track, one transplant hepatology track). Greater than 75 percent of our fellows have gone into academic careers in the past five to seven years of our training program, rivaling and surpassing many other top GI fellowship programs in the country.
The two-year Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellowship is mandatory, and specialty fellowships are optional.
The specialty fellowships are:
Further program details, including our housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site. Likewise, we recommend reading through our FREIDA listings: Program Number 144-16-21-074.
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The educational environment for our fellowship program is robust with a mixture of didactic lectures, case conferences, interactive multidisciplinary conferences, journal clubs, outside speaker conferences, and endoscopy/pathology review sessions. The weekly core curriculum is divided into sections based on the various areas of GI and Hepatology, with didactic, fellow-driven, and board review learning sessions. There is also a separate multidisciplinary conference dedicated to reviewing interesting endoscopy/pathology/radiology cases, esophageal disorders, and inflammatory bowel disease cases. The weekly GI faculty/fellow conference rotates between case conference, journal club, and outside expert speakers. The weekly Hepatology conference rotates between case discussions, pathology, journal club, research conference, and internal/external visiting speakers.
Clinical fellows participate in a three-year Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship program in either a clinical track, where the training emphasizes clinical patient care and research, or in a research track where the latter two years of the fellowship are devoted largely to either clinical (T32) or basic science research. We are pleased to announce that the division has been awarded its own T32 training grant, which provides funding for one fellow per year to participate in research in functional foregut disorders. Our training model is one that emphasizes a respect for research diversity and enables a more comprehensive approach to study the completed pathophysiology associated with functional foregut disorders. Inter-disciplinary collaborative research opportunities are also available. Fellows are expected to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals as well as present their work at national meetings.
We offer state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of downtown Chicago at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Northwestern has state-of-the-art GI endoscopy procedure rooms, inpatient and outpatient facilities, conference facilities and an electronic medical record for inpatient and outpatient encounters. Fellows learn through clinical rotations, outpatient clinics, specialty electives and numerous educational conferences.
During their training, Gastroenterology/Hepatology fellows train in both gastroenterology and hepatology. Trainees have a major role in the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of diseases/conditions of the GI tract and are given many opportunities to hone their endoscopic, diagnostic and therapeutic skills in order to prepare them for careers in academic medicine or private practice.
The typical 3 year Gastroenterology fellow rotates through several clinical rotations based on the year of training as well as interest of the fellow. The fellowship is generally divided by obtaining the essential core skills in the first 18 months and filling the gaps in knowledge, experience, and academic productivity in the remaining 18 months. In addition, clinics at the VA and Northwestern (GI and Hepatology) serve as the continuity clinics throughout the fellowship. The rotations and time spent in each are variable but are in general as follows:
General GI Consult Service (Northwestern): 4-6 months
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Inpatient/Outpatient Service: 3-4 months
Inpatient Hepatology Service: 4-6 months
Interventional Gastroenterology Service: 2-3 months
VA Endoscopy: 4-6 months
Research: 6-8 months
Hepatology Outpatient Subspecialty: 1-2 months
Gastroenterology Outpatient Subspecialty: 2-3 months
VA Consult Service: 1-2 months
In addition to the General GI track, we offer a number of modified tracks based on clinical and academic interest. They are as follows:
1) T32 Gastroenterology Research Track (Functional Foregut): 2nd and 3rd year with 25% clinical, 75% protected time for research and obtaining a Master Degree in Clinical Investigation at Northwestern
2) T32 Outcomes Research Track (Any field of gastroenterology and Hepatology): 2nd and 3rd year with 25% clinical, 75% protected time for research and obtaining a Master Degree in Health Outcomes Research at Northwestern
3) 3 year pilot Transplant Hepatology Track: 1st 2 years in the General GI program, 3rd year in Transplant Hepatology; Eventual ABIM certification in both GI and Transplant Hepatology
Finally, there are opportunities to pursue a 4th year of additional training for those in the General GI track or Research tracks. These include areas such as nutrition, inflammatory bowel disease, transplant Hepatology (typically with the 2nd and 3rd year in a T32 Transplant Research Fellowship – collaboration with the Comprehensive Transplant Center), interventional gastroenterology, esophageal diseases, and basic science training.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine. We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.
For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity please see the following resources:
Requirements and Eligibility
Fellowships in Gastroenterology and Hepatology are offered to MDs who have completed at least two years of post-graduate training in internal medicine in an ACGME-accredited program. All applicants are expected to be board eligible in internal medicine when beginning the fellowship. Applicants must be eligible for an unrestricted Illinois Medical License. International graduates must possess a valid ECFMG certificate and valid visa or permanent resident status.
When submitting an application through ERAS, please be sure to include the following documents in addition to the ERAS common application:
- A current CV
- A minimum of three letters of recommendation
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation
- Medical School Transcript
- United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Score Transcript
- Personal Statement
Graduate Research Resources
We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.Visit the Housestaff Research Portal