Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program
Fellowship Training in Gastroenterology
Program Director: Sushil Ahlawat, MD
Description of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
The Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Gastroenterology Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program with very high goals for its members. Over the course of three, years, fellows are exposed to a large diversity of cases that are found at large university referral center, as well as the special cases and issues that arise in the largest liver transplant center of the state. Our faculty aim to educate and demonstrate the arts of consultative medicine, thoughtful and evidenced based endoscopy, and interdisciplinary teamwork. We strive to graduate fellows that can have success in the community as respected local experts or in academia and teaching.
A particular strength of the program is the utilization of the clinical, laboratory and research resources of three varied institutions: The University Hospital (Rutgers NJMS), East Orange Veteran's Administration Hospital, and Hackensack University Medical Center. Fellows can see a wide range of patients from diverse backgrounds with problems that challenge both technical and clinical skill.
The first year fellow is immersed into the world of consultations and basic endoscopy at our high volume special procedure units at the University Hospital and East Orange VA, each of which have purchased new advanced endoscopy equipment in calendar year 2013. Fellows learn basic endoscopy from full time academic faculty at these institutions, clinicians who enjoy and are dedicating to teaching.
Second and Third Year Fellows expand their horizons in the field of gastroenterology, as interests in specific areas develop due to clinical or research exposure. Introductions to endoscopic ultrasound and therapeutic endoscopy are challenging and rewarding months for our senior fellows, several of which who have gone on to advanced training programs such as Columbia University. Our hepatology training is extensive and varied, including pathology and radiology rounds, transplant listing clinics and conferences and inpatient hepatology. Our three transplant boarded hepatologists provide a vast pool of knowledge and experience that our fellows can learn from and use throughout their career. Opportunities in inflammatory bowel disease, nutrition and motility also serve to round out the clinical experience.
Research and Scholarly activity are very important aspects of the fellowship as well. Fellows are given six months of dedicated research time to propose, develop and implement projects that will be submitted to peer reviewed journals and national conferences. These include basic research as well as prospective clinical trials. Mentorship is essential and will be provided to help the fellow achieve in these endeavors.
Above all, the faculty, nurses, and staff take great pride in training our fellows, and we have a long history of producing gastroenterologist that display a technical and clinical excellence that reflect on the great past of our institution.
Rutgers University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and applications are encouraged from minority groups and physically disadvantaged individuals.