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Academic Curriculum


GI Division Grand Rounds

Faculty Grand Rounds: Bi-weekly presentations by faculty members as expert opinion on clinical updates in highly relevant clinical topics and/or showcasing the latest updates in division research.

Clinical Case Conference: Case conferences are presented by fellows Tuesday mornings during GI Grand Rounds. These are interactive cases where a faculty member will serve as an expert discussant who reviews current treatment guidelines and best-evidence practices.

Morbidity and Mortality Conferences: Lead by fellows with interactive discussion with faculty and peers with regards to management and evidence-based practices.

Pathology Conferences

Gastroenterology cases discussed once a week during inpatient rotations at Thorton/Jacobs, while gastroenterology/hepatology cases discussed every other week during inpatient rotation at the VA. During outpatient GI/hepatology rotation, hepatology path conference occurs once a week.

Advances in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Second and third-year fellows are invited to present interesting case discussions during this annual conference held on the UC San Diego School of Medicine campus. National leaders in GI are invited as key speakers each year, providing an excellent opportunity for networking and interacting with expert discussants. The conference is widely attended by local academic and community practitioners. Course directors are Drs. Sandborn and Gupta.

Journal Clubs

Grand Rounds – Journal Club: Journal club occurs once a month and led by fellows and faculty on recently published articles in major gastroenterology/hepatology journals. Excellent opportunity to critically review the literature in an open forum with specialized insight from experts in the field.

Hepatology Journal Club: Journal club occurs Tuesday afternoons through a zoom meeting and presenters include hepatology faculty, hepatobiliary transplant surgeons, radiation oncologists, oncologists, and first year fellows. First year fellows are expected to present two articles during their first year. 

Curriculum and Didactics

Core Conference Lecture Series

Core conference is a series of lectures covering a comprehensive list of topics relevant to clinical practice and board review that is presented over the academic year. The lectures are led by fellows every Tuesday evening with an assigned faculty mentor. Topics are pre-assigned.

VA Professor Rounds

Organized by Dr. Gobind Anand at the VA, this is an excellent rotating panel of speakers that cover a wide variety of clinical and specialty topics, given as interactive, chalk-talk style lectures. Some sessions are also replaced with high yield case conferences or board review questions.

Value in Quality (VIQ)

Each fellow is expected to conduct a VIQ project during their fellowship and present to the department during grand rounds. This is an opportunity for fellows to learn about system processes and develop tools to improve clinical practice and patient care.



Waseem Ahmad

FMT versus Fidaxomicin for recurrent C. difficile infection

Ali Akram

Standardization of IBD endoscopy reporting at the VA

Abbey Barnard

Optimal timing of diagnostic paracentesis in hospitalized patients with cirrhosis

Shravan Dave

Evaluate adverse events related to common GI medications administered inpatient

Ngozi Enwerem

Providing all patients in clinic with clinical diet questionnaire

Aws Hasan

Providing patients in clinic with information on hemorrhoids

Ariela Holmer

Develop formalized research curriculum for fellows

Robert Klapheke

Handout on frequently asked questions about PPI use

Lien Le

Develop standard operating procedures algorithm for triaging anesthesia procedures

Joseph Meserve

Develop standard operating procedures to improve consult efficiency and efficacy among different departments

Nghia Nguyen

Evaluate yield of universal duodenal biopsy in patients with iron deficiency anemia

Edward Yang

Patient education handout on constipation with an angle on efficacy of squat assist devices

Fady Youssef

Develop checklist for travel carts to ensure adequate supplies during travel cases