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About the Program

The clinical training of gastroenterology-hepatology fellows takes place in the multidisciplinary environment of the James A. Clifton Digestive Health Center at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and at the adjacent Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty participate in patient care in both hospitals on a rotating basis. Outpatient clinics, inpatient consultation services, state-of-the-art endoscopy units with active programs in endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasonography and liver transplantation provide the framework for clinical training in gastroenterology and hepatology. Fellows become experienced in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures as part of their clinical training. Additional clinical programs are tailored to the needs of fellows wishing to pursue specialized training in areas such as hepatology, transplantation, therapeutic endoscopic ultrasonography, inflammatory bowel disease, motility, and nutrition. Ample opportunity exists to interact with colleagues in pediatric gastroenterology, pathology, surgery and radiology.

Mission: to train physicians in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, giving the necessary framework for a successful career in this specialty. We will provide education that emphasizes knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gastrointestinal, pancreato-biliary, and liver diseases through patient care, research, and education, and do so in a welcoming, professional environment that is conductive to learning.

Aim & Goals: The Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The University of Iowa provides trainees with the education and experience required to function as competent specialists, educators and scientists. Fellows will be involved in a variety of clinical and scholarly activities to guide their training. The curriculum and evaluations incorporate the competency tenets of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) – medical knowledge, patient care, practice based learning and improvement, systems based practice, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills.