Cancer Clinics and Specialized Programs

GI Fellowship Program

The Division accepts up to three new fellows yearly for academic training. Applicants for training in GI must be board eligible or board certified in Internal Medicine. All fellows receive an intensive year of clinical training which includes instruction in endoscopic procedures. During this clinical year, fellows work four months each at Vanderbilt, and the VA. Recent fellows have averaged 1000-1200 endoscopic procedures during this clinical year, including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, PEG, esophageal dilatation, and ERCP. Each fellow is assigned a GI clinic at the VA Hospital for long-term follow up.

Conferences and clinics in GI and liver diseases are held weekly. There are didactic conferences which follow a training curriculum in gastroenterology. This curriculum was designed by Division faculty to provide core information that is required for training in GI. Regardless of the fellow's ultimate career choice, strong clinical experience during fellowship training is a priority of the program.

The second and third years of fellowship training are organized according to the interests and needs of the fellow. Fellows who plan a career in clinical GI will have further clinical training based at Vanderbilt and the VA Hospital. It will include training in liver diseases and liver transplantation. There will also be training in therapeutic and other advanced endoscopic procedures and clinical motility testing. Participation in the design and implementation of clinical research projects will be included.

Fellows planning research careers will enter the research track. Each research track fellow will be assigned an advisory group to help develop a research training plan. Early in the clinical year, fellows will become familiar with research opportunities available to them. They will usually initiate a research project in the second year and continue it through the third year. This will involve entering the laboratory of a faculty preceptor. The advisory group will continue to assist the trainee throughout the fellowship. There is a great deal of flexibility in planning individual programs in the academic track. An NIH Training Grant supports academic track training.

How to apply

To apply for a GI fellowship, send:

  1. Current curriculum vitae;
  2. A statement (no more than two pages) of career goals;
  3. Reference letters from three individuals who can evaluate your past performance (sent directly from the individual to us).
  4. Completed fellowship application, available online in .pdf format.

Applications are usually made by the end of November but later ones will be considered. Based on the information provided in the application, interviews will be scheduled beginning in November. Vanderbilt does not participate in the match program. The training program encourages application by members of minority groups.

Keith Wilson, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director of GI Fellowship Training Program Scharneitha Britton Coordinator of GI Fellowship Program Vanderbilt Medical Center Division of Gastroenterology 2215B Garland Avenue, Room 1030-C, MRB IV Nashville, TN 37232-0252
Phone: 615-322-4225
Fax: 615-343-6229

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