Methodist Health System GI Fellowship Highlights

Dallas Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

The goal of the Methodist Dallas Gastroenterology Fellowship program is to provide a well-rounded education relating to the evaluation and treatment of digestive and liver related diseases. The fellowship is designed to produce competent sub specialists and clinical investigators after a three-year tenure. Applicants must have completed an approved residency in Internal Medicine and be Board eligible or Board certified.

Fellowship Training

Fellows receive in-depth training though a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences. Training is provided in all procedural aspects of gastroenterology and liver disease, including ERCP, EUS, and motility. Fellows have a weekly continuity clinic where they see patients with staff supervision.

Required rotations include:

  • The general and advanced GI consultation services
  • Hepatology service
  • Radiology/pathology
  • Dedicated ambulatory months.

Fellows participate in a variety of conferences and didactic sessions. Weekly guideline and board review sessions with faculty are particularly well received by the fellows. Other highlights include a multi-disciplinary conference with the Methodist Dallas surgery program and a joint case conference with the Baylor Dallas GI program. Attendance and participation at regional and national conferences is encouraged and actively supported.

To complement the robust training experience at Methodist Dallas, trainees will have the opportunity to rotate at other facilities in the Methodist Health System and other local institutions such as Baylor University Medical Center.

Program Breakdown

Four months are dedicated to procedural proficiency in general endoscopy. Electives can be tailored to meet individual interests and educational needs. Additional experience to surgical approaches in gastrointestinal disease can be provided through rotations with the colorectal, hepatopancreaticobiliary, and transplant surgery services at Methodist Dallas.

Six months are dedicated to research in the second year. Fellows have developed and completed clinical projects that have been accepted to national meetings. Past projects include developing an evidence-based protocol for management of acute pancreatitis, assessing outcomes of pre-cut sphincterotomy for patients with pancreas divisum, creating a clinical assessment score to determine benefit of sphincterotomy in patients being evaluated for Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction, and examining racial differences in steatosis/steatohepatitis in chronic hepatitis C patients. Beyond original research, fellows have published numerous case reports and contributed to book chapters.

List of Rotations

Year 1

  • 1 Month Introduction to Endoscopy
  • 4 Months GI Consult Service
  • 3 Months Hepatology
  • 1 Month Pathology and Radiology
  • 1 Month Ambulatory
  • 1 Month Elective
  • 1 Month General Endoscopy

Year 2

  • 6 Months Research
  • 2 Months GI Consult Service
  • 1 Month Hepatology
  • 1 Month Ambulatory
  • 1 Month Elective
  • 1 Month Advanced Endoscopy

Year 3

  • 4 Months Advanced Endoscopy
  • 2 Months GI Consult Service
  • 2 Months Hepatology Consult Service
  • 2 Months Elective
  • 1 Month Ambulatory
  • 1 Month General Endoscopy