Program Description

Dr. BirkThe University of Connecticut Gastroenterology-Hepatology Fellowship Program is a three-year, ACGME-accredited academic training program which is divided into two month rotations at John Dempsey Hospital/UConn Health Center, Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and program trainees are selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The program currently accepts 3 new trainees per year for a total program size of 9 fellows (full complement by July 2014). Upon successful completion of the fellowship, graduates will be eligible to take the American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty examination in gastroenterology.

The University of Connecticut Gastroenterology-Hepatology Fellowship Program is structured to provide extensive training in every major discipline of gastrointestinal disease. The first year is devoted to clinical inpatient consultation services in gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy at John Dempsey Hospital, Hartford Hospital and The Hospital of Central Connecticut. The second year is comprised of clinical inpatient and outpatient rotations at St. Francis Hospital and a research rotation, while the third year includes an inpatient rotation at Hartford Hospital and an outpatient/liver transplant rotation at John Dempsey Hospital and Hartford Hospital. The program is a graded experience with close supervision in the first year, followed by more independence in the second and third years. In addition to increased independence and responsibility, exposure to advanced procedures is integrated into the second and third years resulting in substantial opportunity for training in ERCP, therapeutic endoscopy, capsule endoscopy, Bravo, motility and exposure to diagnostic and therapeutic EUS. Two outpatient liver transplant clinics (at Hartford Hospital and St. Francis Hospital) give fellows concentrated exposure to the evaluation of pre- and post-transplant patients. An inpatient liver transplant service takes place at Hartford Hospital, and a Womenís Health Clinic and an IBD Clinic occur at John Dempsey Hospital.

Each Gastroenterology-Hepatology fellow has a one-half day per week continuity clinic experience at an affiliated site with responsibility for the outpatient management of a group of assigned patients for the duration of the fellowship. Nighttime and weekend call is shared among all fellows.

Didactic sessions covering broad topics in gastroenterology and hepatology are centralized at John Dempsey Hospital. These sessions occur weekly and include Gastroenterology-Hepatology Ground Rounds, journal club, board review, morbidity and mortality conferences, pathology review and radiology review. The program participates in the American Gastroenterological Associationís Gastroenterology Training Examination annually.