Fellowship Program

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Overview:

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Florida is committed to training individuals to become independent and competent physicians capable of providing the highest level care. The program is designed to ensure that fellows have a well-rounded training in clinical care, teaching, research, and quality improvement. Training takes place at Shands Children’s Hospital at University of Florida Health, with our outpatient clinic and endoscopy center located by. Shands Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric Level I trauma center in the area and is the major pediatric referral center in North Central Florida. The children’s hospital has 192 beds, free-standing pediatric emergency department, and boasts over 13 pediatric subspecialties in the department. University of Florida hosts a broad range of NIH-funded biomedical scientists and clinical researchers who benefit from robust institutional support. There is an abundance of research opportunities and possibilities for collaboration throughout the University. The University of Florida Pediatric GI division is ranked in the top Gastroenterology divisions in the country, by US News and World Report.

Clinical Training:

The first year of fellowship is dedicated to obtaining clinical proficiency in inpatient and outpatient aspects of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. The training is based at Shands Children’s Hospital at the University of Florida, where the fellow manages the Pediatric GI Inpatient service, sees all consults, and performs all inpatient procedures. The fellow is supervised by Pediatric GI faculty who teach the fellow to diagnose and manage complex patients and to become proficient at diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The first year fellow also participates in a dedicated weekly outpatient continuity clinic half-day and outpatient procedures at the Children’s Surgical Center.

Research Training:

The first year fellow spends a month on an elective to explore research opportunities. Working with the program director and mentor, the fellow selects a project that will be continued through the training program. The second and third year of fellowship is devoted to clinical or basic science research activities. Progress of research is followed by the fellow’s Scholarship Oversight Committee, and research is presented annually at the Pediatric Fellows Research Conference. During the research training time, clinical responsibilities are minimal, only including weekly continuity clinic one half-day per week, weekly division conference attendance, and biweekly outpatient procedure half-day. This ensures protected time to devote to a quality research project.

Faculty:

The University of Florida Pediatric Division is made up of six faculty members, four nurses, one advanced nurse practitioner, one physician assistant, and two dieticians. All faculty participate in clinical research or other academic projects, and some of our faculty participate in basic science research. All members of the division are enthusiastically committed to the education of our pediatric GI fellows, as well as residents and students.

Highlights of the Program Include:

  • Fully ACGME accredited fellowship program for over 30 years
  • Participates in National Resident Match Program (NRMP) and Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • One Fellow per year
  • 94% pass rate on subspecialty board exams on 1st attempt
  • Graduates have successful placement throughout the country
  • Fellows have well-established continuity clinics
  • Fellows rotate through pediatric specialty clinics, including:
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Hepatobiliary
    • Liver Transplant
    • Feeding Aversion
    • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
    • Opportunity for Motility rotation
  • Ample opportunity for performing procedures, including:
    • Upper and Lower Endoscopy
    • Capsule Video Endoscopy
    •  Colonoscopy
    •  Polypectomy
    • Percutaneous Liver Biopsy
    • Esophageal pH/Impedance Testing
    • Foreign Body Removal
    • Treatment of GI Bleed
    • Anorectal Manometry
      • Collaboration with other departments for procedures
        • Pediatric Surgery
          • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
          • Esophageal Dilation
        • Adult Gastroenterology
          • ECRP
    • State of the art and recently remolded facilities