The Weill Cornell Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology is a three-year program located at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The fellowship seeks to attract the best and brightest trainees who have an interest in pursuing a career in academic medicine. Our fellowship program offers a full range of conferences and extensive interaction with highly skilled gastrointestinal pathologists, interventional and diagnostic radiologists, and surgeons. In addition, our fellows have the opportunity to work with and teach an outstanding group of Weill Cornell medical students and house officers. At the present time, three fellows are accepted into the program annually.
The first year is largely consultative. Fellows maintain a weekly ambulatory patient practice from which they derive many of their outpatient procedures. Inpatient activities involve an active consult service, daily endoscopy, and a broad range of conferences. First-year fellows are on call an average of one weekend per month and one weeknight per week.
Second- and third-year fellows assume the remainder of the weeknight and weekend call. Six months of the second year of the fellowship is protected for participation in clinical or basic research. Third-year fellows continue the research projects developed and generated in their second year. They also have an opportunity to pursue specific areas of interest in inflammatory bowel disease, hepatology, liver transplantation, and cancer screening and prevention.
Major clinical programs and research efforts are based at our Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, and the Center for Liver Diseases and Transplantation.
Fellows are expected to be involved in basic or clinical research. Opportunities for basic research exist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The newly established Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease conducts pioneering investigations into the microbiome.
Fellows are expected to submit abstracts to local and national meetings, prepare original papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals, and develop clinical protocols under the tutelage of a faculty mentor.
There is a didactic program available for training in clinical investigation, involving course work in epidemiology, clinical trial study design, biostatistics, outcomes assessment, and ethics of research. Additionally, there are numerous master's programs offered in Clinical Research and Health Care Policy, which an interested fellow can obtain during the three year fellowship.
First-year fellows spend most of the year on the GI consult service at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College. They spend one month at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which is located directly across the street from NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. They also have a one-month elective block. Second-year fellows spend two months on the liver transplantation service at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. The transplant program is jointly run between the two campuses of NYPH under the direction of director of the transplant fellowship, Dr. Robert Brown and Elizabeth Verna. Fellows are integrated into a call schedule while on this rotation to maximize their learning experience. The fellows also spend one month each at the Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, at the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, rotating on both the small bowel and the advanced endoscopy services. Third-year fellows have minimal programmatic requirements other than additional months of work on hepatology, inflammatory bowel disease, and nutrition. The bulk of the year can be tailored to the particular fellow's interests. This may include advanced endoscopic procedures, basic research in the laboratory, or the pursuit of advanced degrees in outcomes research.
There are a number of ongoing research activities by both full-time and voluntary faculty. They include basic research into cancer chemoprevention under the direction of Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, hepatitis C under the direction of Dr. Charles Rice at the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C at Rockefeller University, and mucosal immunology with Dr. David Artis. There are many opportunities to participate in clinical research in areas such as hepatology, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer screening, endoscopic ultrasound, the microbiota of the GI tract, endoscopic imaging techniques, etc. Furthermore, there are numerous actively investigational, multicenter clinical trials of novel therapies for Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hepatitis C and irritable bowel syndrome.
Any introduction to a fellowship in gastroenterology would be incomplete without a discussion of endoscopy. The Endoscopy Suite is a full-service unit that utilizes state of the art equipment with high-definition and narrow-band imaging capabilities. There are rooms for conventional endoscopy, pediatric endoscopy and advanced endoscopy. The Endoscopy Suite is fully automated with an all-video image management system, and has an automated record keeping system as well as emergency equipment. The Advanced Endoscopy Room has digital fluoroscopy for ERCP, both radial array and linear array endoscopic ultrasound. Additionally, ultrasound probes are available for through-the-scope usage. Fellows participate in the full spectrum of technologies available to them in the Endoscopy Suite. Fellows conduct daily endoscopy sessions with faculty for their inpatients and ambulatory patients. Over the course of training, fellows will generally perform more than 600 upper endoscopies, 300 colonoscopies, and a significant number of EUs and ERCPs.
GI Grand Rounds
Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology Multidisciplinary Conference
Fellows Core Curriculum
Hepatobiliary Radiology Conference
IBD Fellows Case Presentations
IBD Journal Club
IBD Multidisciplinary Case Conference