The initial training period is similar for all Fellows whether they have elected to pursue a career in clinical practice or research. Three hospitals participate in this program including Yale-New Haven Hospital (a tertiary care university hospital), the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital, and the Hospital of St. Raphael (a major teaching community hospital). Acquisition of both consultative and endoscopic skills are emphasized in a broad spectrum of gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases and are designed to produce subspecialists competent to practice consultative gastroenterology and hepatology.
Weekly conferences including multi-disciplinary, pathophysiology, research and pathology conferences and journal clubs supplement bedside teaching. There is a core curriculum for Digestive Diseases that is presented at a weekly conference and spans the three year training program. Fellows maintain a continuity clinic throughout the three year training program.
After the initial 18 months, those Fellows who are destined for clinical practice will receive additional clinical training that often includes an area of focused interest. Those Fellows who will receive advanced biliary training are selected during the application and interviewing process and prior to matriculation. During the Advanced Training Period these Fellows receive in-depth training in biliary and pancreatic endoscopy. Other areas of emphasis for clinical Fellows include inflammatory bowel disease and hepatology. Trainees are also expected to participate in relevant clinical research under the preceptorship of a designated faculty member.
Our program offers an additional fourth year of training in endoscopic ultrasound(EUS).Fellows enter this year after having completed three years of a gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship.