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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. 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 who will positively contribute to our field.

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 spent on the GI Consult Service at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University Medical Center).One month of vacation time is required.

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

Second and Third Years

The second and third years of the training program are, to a large degree, tailored to fit the interest of the individual fellow. The years are structured to yield the greatest benefit in clinical education, clinical investigation, or basic science. A mandatory minimum seven months, to be distrubuted over the two years, will be spent in rotations such as GI consult service at the Allen Hospital, Transplant Hepatology, or Nutrition Service. Other clinical electives such as Motility, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Biliary/Advanced Endoscopy, Barrett's/EUS, Small bowel disease/Celiac Disease Center, and GI genetics are also available. The requirements can be adjusted to facilitate long blocks of time devoted to basic science research for fellows with goals of becoming physician scientists. Other fellows apply to the Patient Oriented Research Program at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and obtain a M.Sc during their fellowship training.

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 or clinical investigators as independent investigators and future university faculty members in the area of digestive and liver diseases. 

Procedural Training

Fellows acquire proficiency in all basic GI procedures by the end of the fellowship (EGD, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, PEG, hemostasis, polypectomy).

During the second and third years, may gain exposure to advanced techniques and procedures like ERCP, EUS, endoscopic mucosal resection, fine needle aspiration, stent placement for luminal strictures, EMR, and suturing. This experience may not result in certification, however, as these typically require a 4th year of training.

Conferences and Didactics

The program offers a plethora of learning environments. GI Grand Rounds and IBD conference are held on alternating weeks. Faculty additionally give weekly didactic lectures for the fellows spanning the GI core curriculum.  Journal club is an excellent resource held twice monthly to dive in depth in study methodology.  At the weekly pathology conference, fellows and attendings present interesting GI and hepatology cases while pathologists review the findings. Monthly conferences, many of which are multidisciplinary, are held in a variety of subspecialties including Esophageal Motility, Celiac research, Barrett’s, Small bowel, and Pancreas. 

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 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. Fill out all required ERAS application fields.

  1. Your personal statement should summarize your career goals in gastroenterology and any prior relevant experience.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Current Fellows

First year Fellows

Adam Faye M.D.
Anna Krigel M.D.
Monika Laszkowska M.D.
Adam Pont M.D./PhD

 

Second year Fellows

Kenneth Hung M.D.
Jeremy Kaplan M.D.
Anish Patel M.D.
Rajani Sharma M.D.

 

Third year Fellows

Jordan Axelrad M.D., MPH
Rita Abdelmessih M.D.
Chris Packey M.D./PhD
Elias Spyrou M.D./PhD