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Gastroenterology Fellowship at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia

The Gastroenterology Fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center is a three-year program.  The fellowship attracts trainees with an interest in pursuing academic careers. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrated interest in the field of digestive and liver diseases, evidenced by publications and/or experience with clinical or basic science research.  Our primary goal is to produce outstanding clinician-scientists and academicians.  We aim to help our fellows develop into competent, intelligent, caring, and effective gastroenterologists. 

First Year

The first year of the training program is generally devoted to intensive clinical training in gastroenterology.

Inpatient: The majority of the first year is devoted to inpatient rotations in gastroenterology and hepatology. The majority of these rotations are served on the General GI Consult Service at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University Medical Center). Fellows may also spend a month each on the Nutrition Consult Service and the Liver Transplant Service. One month of vacation time is required.

Outpatient: All fellows attend weekly General GI Clinic. Patients seen in this clinic have a wide-range of digestive disorders. The fellows are responsible for following their own patients and for performing necessary procedures under the supervision of an attending physician.

Fellows also see patients in a weekly Liver Clinic. This clinic provides an intensive experience in outpatient hepatology.

Second and Third Years

The second and third years of the training program can, to a large degree, be tailored to fit the interest of the individual fellow. A large majority of the time can be devoted to basic or clinical research under the supervision of a faculty mentor or mentors. Upon entering the second year, fellows still have some inpatient clinical requirements (seven months to be distributed over the two years). These include time spent on the General GI Consult Service, Nutrition Service, Allen Hospital GI consult service, and Liver Transplant Service. The requirements can be adjusted to facilitate long blocks of time devoted to research for fellows with exceptional aptitude. We are also able to adjust the schedule to allow for post-graduate course work.

Upon approval by the Division Chief, Program Director and the fellow’s mentor, additional rotations are offered in IBD, EUS, Interventional Endoscopy, Motility, Pancreatic Disease, and Small Bowel Diseases at the Celiac Disease Center.

The Division has been awarded an NIH T32 grant. The aim of this program is to promote the development of promising physician scientists (M.D. and M.D., Ph.D.) postdoctoral fellows as independent investigators and future university faculty members in the area of digestive and liver diseases. We expect that the initial T32 trainees will be identified during the fellowship interview process, based on their record of accomplishments and their expressed research interests, but this will be solidified during the first year of clinical fellowship.

Our GI fellowship program currently only accepts fellows with a serious interest in basic, clinical or translational research. This has resulted in a much stronger fellowship program and a very strong applicant pool. For several years, our trainees have trained in basic science labs and since 2008, our trainees have been enrolled in the POR program in the Mailman School of Public Health, pursuing M.Sc. degrees and working with established investigators

Procedural Training

Fellows acquire proficiency in all basic GI procedures by the end of the first year (EGD, esophageal dilatation, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, percutaneous liver biopsy, PEG, GI motility study, non-variceal hemostasis, variceal hemostasis).

During the second and third years, fellows become proficient in advanced techniques. Procedures include ERCP, biliary manometry, EUS, endoscopic mucosal resection, fine needle aspiration, stent placement for luminal strictures, EMR, laser therapy. This experience will not result in certification in these procedures though.(a 4th year of training would be required)

The “Ideal” Applicant

GI fellows must be eligible for certification by the ABIM, with the expectation that they pass the ABIM exam during the first year of fellowship. The candidate should have academic aspirations. Experience in the field is a plus. Research experience is almost a requirement. Our program is also attracted to a resident's clinical strength.

Application Requirements

All application material is to be submitted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). We will also participate in the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program) Medical Specialty Matching Service (SMS). Applicants must register separately with NRMP to participate in the Specialty Matching Service. The deadline for receipt of complete applications is October 31st.

  1. Fill out all required ERAS application fields.
  2. If requested, include your social security number.
  3. Your personal statement should summarize your career goals in gastroenterology and any prior relevant experience.
  4. Submit a recent photograph to ERAS (optional but preferred).
  5. Provide ERAS with three or four letters of recommendation: one from your residency program director (required) and two to three additional letters of support for your application.
  6. We do not require USMLE transcripts.
  7. Graduates of International Medical Schools must be certified by the ECFMG. International medical graduates may apply to the program and are advised that New York-Presbyterian Hospital will not petition or sponsor H visas. Only J-1 visas will be supported. Please note that neither New York-Presbyterian Hospital nor Columbia University Medical Center assumes responsibility for any associated fees or expenses related to the petition.