The first year of gastroenterology and hepatology training is entirely clinically based. Major emphasis is placed on the development of basic endoscopic skills as well as furthering one’s knowledge of sub-specialty gastroenterology and hepatology.
Required rotations include luminal as well as hepatobiliary consults, inpatient endoscopy (EOD), and OSU East (endoscopy and consultative medicine). Liver biopsies are also performed as part of the hepatobiliary consult rotation.
Attendance at weekly case conferences as well as didactic lectures will be mandatory. A special introductory lecture series is offered the first six weeks of the academic year. Attendance at these lectures is mandatory for PGY-4 trainees.
The second year of gastroenterology and hepatology training is an opportunity to further advance endoscopic skills and approach to consultative medicine. A required research block is also part of the second year training curriculum in which the trainee will devote four consecutive months to a predetermined research project. It is the expectation that this work will lead to an abstract presentation at a national meeting and be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
In addition to the consult services, EOD, and OSU East, PGY-5 trainees participate in the GHN clinic rotation. This rotation encompasses the sub-specialty knowledge of our faculty in their hospital clinics. As the senior fellow on inpatient endoscopy, the second year trainee serves as the chief for this service.
Second year trainees work to enhance their therapeutic skills (hemostasis, advanced polypectomy, esophageal dilation) while actively teaching new fellows basic endoscopic skills. As the team leader of the consult service, PGY-5 trainees are responsible for teaching as well as high level clinical skills. Attendance at weekly case conferences as well as didactic lectures will be mandatory.
The final year of gastroenterology and hepatology training provides more freedom to hone one’s skills dependent on particular career interests. A total of four months of elective time can be used at the trainee’s discretion. Electives such as biliary endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, hepatology inpatient ward service, gastrointestinal motility, capsule endoscopy, and additional research time are available. Biliary and EUS electives require pre-approval from participating faculty.
The third year trainees also participate in the consult services, EOD and GHN clinic rotations. Whether on the endoscopic or consultative rotations, the third year trainee is seen as the team leader responsible for teaching as well as high level clinical skills.
Attendance at weekly case conferences as well as didactic lectures will be mandatory.