Fellow Education

The philosophy of our Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center is to provide an environment that encourages the development of the cognitive clinical, procedural, and critical research skills to undertake a career in academic pediatric gastroenterology. 

The majority of fellowship education is through didactic conference and active participation in the inpatient, outpatient, and consulting services, as well as the performance of procedures. Fellows also are actively involved in scholarly activities and research throughout their three years of training.

The Division also offers an elective in nutrition with collaboration of the dietitians at Children’s Medical Center. This elective is offered to pediatric residents as well as to pediatric and adult Gastroenterology fellows.

Overview

The clinical care in our institution is provided by faculty, gastroenterology nurse practitioners, gastroenterology physician assistants, endoscopy nurses, gastrointestinal nurse coordinators, a liver/intestinal transplant nurse practitioner, liver/intestinal transplant nurse coordinators, nurse assistants, dietitians, social workers, a child life specialist, a practice manager, medical assistants, and our fellows in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition.

The clinical services provided by the Division are not dependent upon fellows; thus, the fellowship program is structured primarily as a learning experience for the fellows.

The fellowship program consists of three years of training. The first year emphasizes acquiring knowledge and clinical skills in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. A basic science or clinical investigation research project is identified during this year upon which the fellows focus during the subsequent two years. For basic science projects, emphasis is given to experimental design, acquiring laboratory skills and understanding concepts of basic science.

For clinical investigation, emphasis is focused on development of skills for a successful career in patient-oriented research. Both areas emphasize presentation of data, writing abstracts and manuscripts, and grant writing. Research mentorship is not confined to the pediatric gastroenterology division, but may come from other areas in our medical center.

The core of the training is performed at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Two other institutions, Parkland Memorial Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center, are also part of our training program. Consultation in the Neonatology and Newborn Nursery is offered at Parkland; Baylor is primarily used for electives rotations.

Educational Committee

Overseen by the ACGME, our fellowship program is directed by an educational committee consisting of faculty members and senior fellows. This committee is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program, including the structure of rotations, electives, research, didactic activities, recruitment, and fellows’ performance.