The UCSD Fellowship Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition is designed to provide a comprehensive educational experience with the aim to train independent and capable Pediatric GI, Hepatology, and Nutrition consultants interested in pursuing academic careers in clinical and/or research medicine. The educational goals of the Program are to provide an appropriate training environment where subspecialty residents are exposed to patients requiring GI, Hepatology, or Nutrition subspecialty attention, to provide an environment fostering inquiry in both the clinical and basic sciences, to foster responsibility, respect, ethics and consideration, and to equip residents with the tools required for independent thinking and future success in academic medicine.
The Joint (UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital) Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition is a 3 year, fully ACGME-accredited, training program, combining clinical and research training. We accept up to two fellows per academic year. During their 1st year, fellows gain an in-depth clinical experience in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. Subspecialty residents spend their time providing clinical consultations in the outpatient and inpatient arenas, directly providing and supervising GI patient care in the inpatient setting, and performing endoscopic and other gastrointestinal procedures. Clinical experience is supplemented by didactic and participatory learning at scheduled pediatric GI conferences and lectures, as well as at general pediatric and adult GI conferences.
Years 2 and 3 provide time for focused development of research interests. A research agenda is developed by the fellow with the aid of the designated research mentor. The fellow attends journal clubs, lab meetings, research symposia and curriculum under the direction of the mentor. Research salary is funded via a T-32 training grant. Depending on the interest of the fellow, elective time may also be scheduled during the 2nd or 3rd year for clinical rotations in adult GI, radiology, pathology, pediatric surgery, or liver transplantation.
We participate in the pediatric gastroenterology fellowship match administered through the NRMP, and accept the common ERAS application. We follow the Fall match schedule.
Select interview candidates for the fellowship positions are invited to visit us here in San Diego for a site visit after review of completed fellowship applications (typically in June/July with interviews in September through October).
For all questions regarding our fellowship program or the application process, please contact our fellowship program coordinator Patricia Ruiz at
858-966-8904 or PRuiz1@rchsd.org.