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The goal of the UC San
Diego Gastroenterology Fellowship Program is to teach trainees to master
the basic clinical and endoscopic/procedural skills required to act as a
consultant to patients with general gastroenterology and hepatology diseases
and to acquire skills necessary for the critical evaluation and interpretation
of basic and/or clinical research in the field.
Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Tracks
Typically there are 10 fellows on the clinical track and 3 on the research track.
The clinical track is geared toward fellows with a clinical focus whose goal is to become clinician educators in an academic setting. During the three years of training, research time is offered in the second and third years. Many fellows in this track may chose a fourth year advanced fellowship to obtain additional training in an area such as endoscopic ultrasound/endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, transplant hepatology, or inflammatory bowel disease.
Research Track (NIH T32-Funded)
The research track is geared toward fellows striving to become a NIH-funded physician scientist and consists of two years of research training in addition to one year of clinical training. During the research training, time is spent under the auspices of a mentor and is fully protected through funds from our division's NIH-training grant. However, many previous fellows have obtained additional funding as a first step toward future independence.
Typically, a mentor is chosen at the onset of the fellowship or during the clinical year. Research may employ basic, translational, or outcomes methods and is not specifically limited to the Division of Gastroenterology. Mentors must be members of the Gastroenterology Training Grant.
Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST)
Fellows during their three-year program may also enroll in the UC San Diego Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) Program. This is an NIH-funded program to train clinical investigators. The program has 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year (MPH) training tracks. Classes are held one to two afternoons (4 - 6 p.m.) per week. Clinical and research fellows are encouraged to enroll. For more information, please see the CREST Web site.
The Division of Gastroenterology has recently been awarded a NIH San Diego Digestive Diseases Research Center (SDDRC) grant. The grant draws on the ever-expanding biomedical research enterprise in the San Diego area, and the opportunity to select a unique subset of academic investigators for Center membership whose work complements the thematic focus of the Center on "Inflammation in the Digestive Tract." Center investigators conduct outstanding research related to inflammation, immunity, and host-microbial interactions in both gastrointestinal tract and liver. Topics rage from basic mechanisms governing inflammation, the role of infection, immune and inflammatory responses in preclinical studies, to translational studies and clinical trials with human tissues and well-defined patient populations.
Denise Kalmaz, MD