Gastroenterology Fellowship

Welcome to the VCU Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program website.

We are incredibly proud of our fellows, our program and our institution. The VCU medical campus boasts state-of-the-art clinical, research, educational, and simulation facilities. But, what makes the VCU experience so rich and the learning climate optimal is the supportive, experienced faculty and the collegiality of the fellows. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about what VCU has to offer you educationally.

The fellowship program includes clinical training at VCU Health and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.

We offer two distinct fellowship tracks:

  • Clinical Educator: a three-year program that emphasizes clinical gastroenterology and is intended to train fellows for clinical and academic practice. Research opportunities are available and fellows are expected to finish at least one project prior to completion of training program. Based on trainee’s interest, we do offer ABIM pilot program where fellows can satisfy the ABIM requirements for both the Gastroenterology and Transplant hepatology subspecialty board examinations.

  • Basic Science: supported by an NIH T32 training grant and designed to promote the development of promising MD and PhD postdoctoral fellows as independent basic science investigators and future university faculty members. Candidates complete clinical training in gastroenterology either prior to or subsequent to participation in the training program.

We have four positions for the clinical educator track and one position for the basic scientist track. Each track prepares fellows for eligibility to sit for Gastroenterology board exams. While applicants may apply for multiple tracks, we recommend applying for only one track to help our selection committee best understand your future career goals. In addition, for candidates who have completed a GI fellowship we offer training in:

  • Advanced Endoscopy: a one-year fellowship focused on diagnostic and therapeutic ERCP, EUS, and other advanced endoscopic procedures.

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Nutrition: a one-year fellowship focused on inflammatory bowel disease and nutrition. Completion of training in Gastroenterology is preferred, but not required.

  • Transplant Hepatology: a one-year fellowship dedicated to liver transplantation, diagnosis and management of advanced liver conditions.

Vision Statement

Fellows in the VCU Gastroenterology Training Program are members of and contributors to an academic medical community in which there is a commitment to learning the art and science of medicine while providing the highest quality medical care to a diverse patient population.

Mission

  • To train and foster the development of future leaders in gastroenterology and hepatology practice, teaching, and research.

  • To produce compassionate physicians capable of delivering the highest quality medical care to patients in a variety of settings.

  • To create a collegial and supportive setting for intellectual growth.

  • To partner with our fellows in contributing to the science of medicine through mentorship, research opportunities and dissemination of information.

  • To partner with our fellows in gracefully accepting the challenges of providing care to the medically underserved.

  • To train future generations not only in the procedural aspects but also have a strong base in the cognitive aspects of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

  • To promote lifelong learning in the context of a rapidly changing healthcare environment.