Academics and Research

Clinical training

You’ll spend 30 months training primarily at Rush University Medical Center, with one to two months rotating at Rush Oak Park Hospital, a nearby affiliated community hospital.

Rotations include the following:

  • Inpatient gastroenterology and hepatology consult service
  • Basic and advanced endoscopy
  • Pathology/radiology

Outpatient training

You’ll help staff general clinics as well as specialty clinics in liver transplant, functional bowel diseases, inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatic diseases.

In state-of-the-art endoscopic labs equipped with the most advanced Olympus equipment, you’ll train in standard and advanced procedures, including the following:

  • Therapeutic ERCP
  • EUS
  • Video capsule endoscopy
  • Esophageal, small bowel and anorectal manometry
  • Prolonged pH monitoring and gut transit by telemetry
  • Endoluminal therapies for GERD

Research

You’ll participate in clinical research in the Section of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, with six months of research time scheduled over the three-year fellowship. You may pursue your own research projects or participate in faculty research, which currently includes the following:

  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (pathophysiologic mechanisms at the membrane level)
  • New cytokine therapeutic options and alternative therapies
  • Endoscopic techniques (management of endoscopy negative dysphagia)
  • Use of endoscopic ultrasound in pancreatic diseases
  • Evaluation of newer endoscopic modalities for treating reflux
  • New combination therapies for treating hepatitis B and C; quality of life assessments in patients with active hepatitis C
  • Peptic ulcer disease management (evaluation of long-term treatments of symptomatic GERD; the validity of assessing prolonged acid exposures in those with symptomatic GERD)

Conferences are a vital part of training and include gastroenterology and internal medicine grand rounds; fellows’ didactic conference; journal clubs; medicine and society conference; pathology conferences; GI oncology conference; hepatology transplant conference; endoscopy conference, capsule club; morbidity and mortality conference; patient management conference and IBD rounds.