A Message from the Program Director

Over the past 20 years, the Gastroenterology Fellowship program at UC Davis has developed a strong reputation for the training of outstanding clinical and academic gastroenterologists. The Gastroenterology Fellowship program is comprised of three or more years of training that is tailored to the fellows’ career goals. Both clinical and investigative aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology are included in the curriculum. UC Davis has made a long-term commitment to increasing the representation of women and members of minority groups in its fellowship training programs and particularly encourages applications from such individuals.


Jesse Stondell, M.D.



Jesse Stondell, M.D.
ACGME Fellowship Program Director

Program Overview

UC Davis Gastroenterology Fellows

Three fellows are selected each year based upon their clinical abilities and potential to become outstanding gastroenterologists and hepatologists. In the first year of the program, all trainees develop the clinical and procedural skills necessary to become competent as a sub-specialist in gastroenterology. Experience is gained in both the inpatient and outpatient setting with an emphasis on maintaining continuity of care.

Procedures in which first year trainees become proficient include upper endoscopy, esophageal dilation, hemostasis, endoscopic treatment of varices, colonoscopy and polypectomy. 

During the second year of training, protected time is provided for research. Those fellows with academic interests may be afforded more time for research or considered for the K30 Mentored Clinical Training Program which confers a Masters Degree in Medical Sciences. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, the trainee develops a research proposal tailored to their interests and future goals. Trainees may also obtain experience with esophageal and anorectal manometry during the second year of training.

The third year of training allows advanced training in endoscopic procedures, hepatology, inflammatory bowel disease, motility or other areas of interest.

Trainees spend the majority of their time at the UC Davis Medical Center but also rotate through the Mather VA Medical Center. Night and weekend call is divided among all nine fellows. Fellows are responsible for night and weekend call at both UC Davis Medical Center and the Mather VA Medical Center.

Throughout the year, one half-day per week is devoted to education of the trainees. Pathology, radiology and pathophysiology conferences are held, along with Journal Review, Journal Club, and GI Grand Rounds.