The Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center offers many educational programs. Foremost among these is the division's fellowship program. The fellowship program provides scholarly education and training in a wide range of gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases, ranging from a clinical to investigative focus.
The goals of the UT Southwestern GI Fellowship program are:
- To train scholarly gastroenterologists as excellent clinicians who will provide expert and compassionate patient care
- To develop leaders in clinical and basic research
- To actively participate in the education of students, house staff, and colleagues
The training environment at UT Southwestern emphasizes scholarship and fosters an understanding of the pathogenesis and natural history of disease as well as evidence-based clinical therapeutics. Fellows may enter one of two tracks highlighted below:
- A Clinical Scholar Track trains physicians for an academic career as a clinician-educator. Clinical training for fellows takes place at all of our affiliated hospitals.
- An Investigator Track is more heavily focused on research, and not only trains physicians in clinical care and education, but also provides rigorous training in research. Fellows participating in this track become part of the Division's NIH funded T-32 NRSA Institutional Research Training. It is expected that those training in this career track will have an academic career. Research training for fellows may be basic or clinical and takes place in research laboratories or in conjunction with the Department of Clinical Sciences.
The training program structure focuses on the development of core competencies, many of which are reinforced by the ACGME and which are used to judge training accomplishment. Educational content (goals and objectives) includes focus on research, education, patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.
The program is ACGME accredited and upon completion, fellows fulfill all training requirements for subspecialty board (ABIM) certification in gastroenterology.
Applications for the fellowship program are only accepted via ERAS.