Program Overview

Our fellowship program enrolls 3 fellows each year; 2 in a Clinical Track and 1 in a Research Track. Selection is based upon their clinical abilities and potential to become outstanding clinical and academic gastroenterologists and hepatologists. In the first year of the program, all trainees begin to 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, endoscopic hemostasis in cases of upper GI bleeding, endoscopic treatment of varices, colonoscopy and polypectomy. Continuity clinics include hepatology and general gastroenterology.

During the second year of training, protected time is provided for research. Those fellows in the Research Track are afforded more time for research and may consider the K30 Mentored Clinical Training Program which confers a Masters Degree in Medical Sciences or the Masters of Public Health Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, the trainee develops a research proposal tailored to their interests and future goals. Trainees also obtain experience with esophageal and anorectal manometry during the second year of training and attend continuity clinics in gastrointestinal motility, inflammatory bowel disease and nutrition.

For fellows in the Clinical Track, the third year of training allows advanced training in endoscopic procedures, hepatology, inflammatory bowel disease, motility or other areas of interest. Research Track fellows continue to develop their research project along with focused clinical training.

All 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 the education of the trainees. Pathology, radiology and pathophysiology conferences are held along with weekly Journal Review, monthly Journal Club, and quarterly mortality and morbidity conference (CQI).