Pediatric Gastroenterology – Curriculum

First Year

  • Our first year fellow rotates spends their clinical time on our inpatient clinical service under the direct supervision of our attending physician. The majority of our patients are admitted to “The Green Team” which is staffed by a pediatric senior resident and intern and supervised by the GI fellow and attending. Fellows also spend half day caring for patients in their own outpatient clinic.
  • During their first year, fellows are given two blocks (eight weeks) to developing their research project which they will complete during their final years of fellowship. During this time, fellows typically meet with senior members of the faculty at Connecticut Children's Medical Center and UConn to help they identify their own areas of interest and develop a research question.
  • Additionally, within the first year, we dedicate specific time for our fellow to work directly with the Registered Dietician to learn about nutritional management of patients including the basics of TPN management, as well as time to work with the Dr. Jerson, our clinical psychologist, to better develop their understanding of functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Second and Third

  • In the final years of fellowship, our fellows focus primarily on completing their research projects with our fellows routinely publishing their work in respected journals and presenting at national conferences like NASPGHAN and DDW.
  • Senior fellows also provide service coverage when the first year fellow is on vacation and on research time which allows them to continue honing their skills as clinicians.
  • Finally, to further supplement our fellows’ clinical exposure, our second and third year fellows have the ability to participate in a number of electives including working with our adult colleagues to gain exposure to advance endoscopy, spending dedicated time in our Hepatology clinic, etc.

Procedures

  • Our fellows perform endoscopies throughout all three years of fellowship; routinely completing greater than 200 procedures by the time they graduate.

Didactics

  • As a program we provided a half day of educational curriculum every Wednesday afternoon which all fellows and GI faculty are required to attend.
  • Curriculum is based upon the ABP Subspecialty Guidelines and includes a number of multidisciplinary conferences.