Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Program Information and Application Instructions
The Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the
THE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT
primary site for the training program is the University of Kentucky Chandler
Medical Center. This world-class
new facility, which opened in the summer of 2011, establishes a new standard
of excellence in health care. From
cutting-edge medical and information technology to eco-sensitive
green roofs to an
over-the-top art collection,
A variety of clinical experiences is also provided at two additional training
sites. The Lexington VA Hospital is
immediately adjacent to the
Buildings alone don’t make for academic excellence.
That’s why we’re pleased to have a gastroenterology faculty who possess a
full spectrum of clinical expertise, and who consider education a top priority.
Our new Division Director, Dr. Terrance
Barrett, is internationally recognized for his expertise in inflammatory
bowel disease. Dr. Luis Peņa, our Director of Outpatient
Clinics, is a seasoned advanced endoscopist and was formerly Program Director, while the
current Program Director, Dr. Nicholas Nickl, is
nationally recognized in the areas
of ERCP and EUS.
We continue to be gratified that formalized and anonymous evaluations by our fellows as well as exit interviews upon completion of fellowship training express a high level of satisfaction with the educational experience, including praise for the faculty for their approachability and passion for teaching.
The faculty of other Departments strongly impacts any gastroenterology educational experience, and our Division also enjoys excellent collaborative and collegial interactions with these important colleagues, which serve to enhance the educational opportunities for trainees. These include a dedicated GI pathologist, who conducts a monthly teaching conference as part of our GI Grand Rounds series; an excellent and well-equipped radiology department with physicians who are adept at diagnostic and therapeutic radiologic procedures; and the newly developed Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, whose outstanding surgeons provide superior surgical expertise in all types of laparoscopic procedures.
Gastroenterology is a specialty which embraces both the difficult intellectual challenges of internal medicine and the gratifying hands-on experiences of endoscopic practice. Our training program likewise digs deeply into both ends of this spectrum; but regardless of the topic, the educational focus is on critical thinking and decision analysis rather than just current facts and techniques. On the procedural side, fellows receive abundant experience at all three hospitals, but each has a different style of practice and each a different spectrum of disease. Fellows completing standard endoscopy training uniformly possess complete facility and comfort in routine procedures, including skills any busy practitioner will need such as hemostasis and gastrostomy. Those who go on to advanced endoscopy training in ERCP or EUS acquire technical facility in these examinations, with procedure counts greatly exceeding the training standards recommended in the literature and by professional society guidelines.
But gastroenterology extends well beyond the world of endoscopy, and our trainees receive exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) instruction in the details of state-of-the-art medical practice. Hepatology, inflammatory bowel diseases, GI motility, pancreatology – all are covered in the course of the three year curriculum, including both didactic instruction and patient care experience at the bedside.
Our conference schedule has recently been re-vamped to allow a return to the “good old days” when intellectually stimulating teaching presentations were a central part of any academic program. GI Grand Rounds on Friday mornings includes basic sciences presentations by the faculty, clinical conferences presented by fellows, a stimulating GI journal club with input from our biostatistician, and research talks presented by everyone. Thursday afternoon’s Core Curriculum Conference is the setting for clinically oriented conferences in endoscopy, hepatology, inflammatory bowel diseases, and GI radiology. And throughout the year are ad-hoc conferences on practice management, teaching and learning techniques, and quality/safety improvement.
After three years of training, Fellows have been exposed to virtually every corner of GI medicine.
THE COMMUNITY SETTING
The University of Kentucky, located
Exit interviews with finishing gastroenterology fellows consistently find a high level of satisfaction with the quality of the educational experience. And all gastroenterology trainees completing the program during the last 23 years have achieved Board Certification in gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition, the program has maintained full accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). At the most recent site visit of the ACGME Residence Review Committee (RRC) in January, 2007, the review committee commended the program for its demonstrated compliance with the ACGME’s requirements for Graduate Medical Education, and the program's first review under the ACGME's new Next Accreditation System has maintained full accreditation.
TO APPLY, OR FOR MORE INFORMATION
View our brochure with more details by clicking here.
To visit our web page with instructions and information about the application process as well as a time line, click here.
For more information send an e-mail inquiry to:
Dr. Nicholas Nickl, GI Fellowship Program Director
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