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Curriculum - Gastroenterology at MedStar Washington

The graduate medical education program in the subspecialty of gastroenterology complies with national guidelines established in the American Gastroenterological Association's publication Gastroenterology 2003;124:1055-1104.

The first two years of training focus on core curriculum. Fellows gain extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of the major diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, gall bladder, liver, and biliary tree along with education and training in procedures such as endoscopy, biopsy, and motility studies. The final year is an opportunity for third tier training in pancreatico-biliary endoscopy or hepatology.

Fellows supplement their core rotations in GI consult and endoscopy with various elective rotations:

  • Children's National Medical Center Rotation
  • Georgetown University Liver Transplantation
  • Radiology Rotation
  • Pathology Rotation
  • Manometry

Throughout the fellowship, trainees are actively involved in the teaching activities of the GI service. This includes participation in a daily didactic presentation and interaction with the house staff assigned to the GI consult service and general medical wards.

Evaluation and Promotion

All full-time gastroenterology and hepatology faculty members formally evaluate GI fellows quarterly. The evaluation provides fellows with timely and constructive feedback. The program director provides each fellow with a copy of the evaluation form and also electronically submits the annual required evaluation to the American Board of Internal Medicine. The evaluations are kept confidential on file in the program director's office. Fellows can review their file and request copies of their evaluation forms at any time. Promotion from year-to-year is based on periodic evaluations.