Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellowship Program
The Gastroenterology and Hepatology section at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is active at two hospitals within a geographic area of six blocks: The Nebraska Medical Center and the Omaha Veterans’ Administration Hospital (OVAH). The division has full-time faculty members in gastroenterology and hepatology, as well as basic sciences. Experience in surgical approaches to gastrointestinal diseases is provided through our close relationship with members of the Department of General Surgery; in particular, our fellows are involved in an active liver transplant program. Professional associations with radiology, pathology and pediatric gastroenterology add to our well-rounded program.
The GI fellowship program is three years in length. In general, the rotations are in six week blocks. The core curriculum includes six to nine months at the OVAH, six to nine months at UNMC, six months on the pre-liver transplant service, six months on research and three months on the ERCP/motility service. The remaining time would be spent doing clinical research or services tailored to meet the individual fellow’s needs (depending on future goals, weaknesses or strengths of the individual fellow).
Clinical exposure encompasses both primary and consultation inpatients, as well as endoscopic procedures. Training is provided in all procedural aspects of gastroenterology and liver disease, including diagnostic and therapeutic ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound. Busy outpatient clinics exist at both UNMC and OVAH. Fellows have a continuity clinic where they see patients with staff supervision. Fellows are also involved in staff clinics.
Areas of basic and clinical research include: (1) ethanol effects on hepatocyte and glycoprotein secretion, microtubular function; (2) clinical studies in liver disease and transplantation hepatology; (3) clinical studies in gastrointestinal endoscopy; (4) clinical studies in hepatocellular cancer and its detection; and (5) clinical studies in intestinal rehabilitation and short bowel syndrome. Our research laboratories are located at both the OVAH and UNMC campus.
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