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Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The RUSH Center for Crohn's and Colitis offers advanced training in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) for qualified candidates. Each year, one (1) fellow will have the opportunity to receive advanced training in IBD. The fellowship consists of approximately 60% clinical and 40% research time.


Overview and objectives

  • Gain experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of inflammatory bowel disease in the outpatient and inpatient setting
  • Gain experience in the management of a hospital rounding team
  • Develop skills in the training and education of internal medicine residents and students rotating on the IBD service



The RUSH Center for Integrated Microbiome and Chronobiology Research (CIMCR) houses numerous basic, translational, and clinical studies that candidates can participate in during the fellowship. The fellow's research project will be based on experience, interests, and expertise with the Division. Highlights include:

  • Environmental factors in IBD such as alcohol, sleep, stress, and circadian misalignment
  • Assessment of intestinal barrier homeostasis and intestinal microbiota
  • Associated diseases related to IBD (heart, liver, bone, etc.)


Requirements and Eligibility

  • Completion of Internal Medicine Residency training at an ACGME-accredited institution.
  • License to practice medicine in Illinois. 

Please note: We do not accept J1 and H1B visa applicants.


Selection process and criteria

Applicants matriculated into the Advanced Fellowship must possess one of the following qualifications:

  • Graduation from a medical college in the United States or Canada which is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States which is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Graduation from a medical college outside the United States or Canada and possession of either a currently valid certification from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Illinois
  • Graduation from a non-U.S. medical college and completion of a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical college


Application Process

Applicants interested in applying for this training opportunity can fill out the online IBD Fellowship Application, below. The program will start accepting applications for the 2024 - 2025 fellowship year from December 1, 2023 to February 29, 2024. 

As part of the application, the following documents are required. However, before your application will be considered we must have the following:

  • Current CV
  • Personal statement about why you want to pursue advanced training in IBD
  • Three letters of Recommendation (including one from current Program Director)
  • Photograph
  • USMLE step 1, 2, 3 transcript

Begin your online application

Contact Us

Fellowship Coordinator
Carmen Palos

Fellowship Director
Maham Lodhi, MD
Director, RUSH Center for Crohn’s & Colitis