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Program Coordinator, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Nidia Shanley
Phone: 305-243-6884
Email: nshanley@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Residency Matching Program. All of our training class positions are filled through the NRMP. We do not offer out-of-match positions. There are separate eligibility requirements for the T32 Research Track. Interested applicants should contact Program Coordinator Nidia Shanley for additional information.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning in July. While there is no deadline for applications, well-qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Interviews are conducted from September to October.

Call Schedule

Call is at-home call with endoscopic emergency coverage of all campus sites mentioned under Locations, including Jackson Memorial Hospital, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UHealth Tower. Full staff coverage for procedures is provided for endoscopic procedures. Fellows are expected to round on inpatients included on gastroenterology and hepatology consultative services over weekends.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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Crohn’s and Colitis Center/UMHC University of Miami Hospital & Clinics

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

5555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard

Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 and 3 prior to the start of the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a successfully completed ACGME-accredited residency program in internal medicine.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Gastroenterology Fellowship

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to develop lifelong leaders and learners in gastroenterology by providing the tools for a strong basis in high-level clinical and investigative endeavors. Matriculating fellows should be adept at navigating the complex landscape of health disparities in gastrointestinal medicine and hepatology and be able to understand and implement clinical tools, cutting-edge therapies and technologies within patient care. The vision is to see our fellows move forward with their newfound knowledge and experience in serving their local community, with particular attention to underserved populations.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to develop lifelong leaders and learners in gastroenterology by providing the tools for a strong basis in high-level clinical and investigative endeavors. Matriculating fellows should be adept at navigating the complex landscape of health disparities in gastrointestinal medicine and hepatology and be able to understand and implement clinical tools, cutting-edge therapies and technologies within patient care. The vision is to see our fellows move forward with their newfound knowledge and experience in serving their local community, with particular attention to underserved populations.

Program Director’s Welcome

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Gastroenterology Fellowship Program is ACGME accredited and offers three years of formal education designed to qualify trainees to sit for and pass the boards in the subspecialty of gastroenterology, and to become high-quality consultants in both the cognitive and endoscopic aspects of our discipline. Upon completion of the program, fellows find that they are also well-poised to pursue careers in the research and educational arenas, should they choose.

Program Director’s Welcome

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Gastroenterology Fellowship Program is ACGME accredited and offers three years of formal education designed to qualify trainees to sit for and pass the boards in the subspecialty of gastroenterology, and to become high-quality consultants in both the cognitive and endoscopic aspects of our discipline. Upon completion of the program, fellows find that they are also well-poised to pursue careers in the research and educational arenas, should they choose.

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology divisions are devoted to clinical research in disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver; educating fellows in the quality care of patients and the education of physicians in the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders.

The divisions’ nationally and internationally recognized faculty work together to provide quality and cost-effective patient care and cutting-edge research. The faculty members serve as attending physicians actively involved in the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at our four participating hospitals, educating physicians seeking a career in this specialty by providing a truly comprehensive training experience.

The faculty has a wide range of special interests, including disorders of the liver and pancreas; functional bowel disease; gastrointestinal cancer; hepatology; inflammatory bowel disease; intestinal transplantation; liver; motility disorders; therapeutic and advanced endoscopy and healthcare disparities.

Director David H. Kerman, MD

Associate Director Emory Manten, MD

Description

The faculty has a wide range of special interests, including disorders of the liver and pancreas; functional bowel disease; gastrointestinal cancer; hepatology; inflammatory bowel disease; intestinal transplantation; liver; motility disorders; therapeutic and advanced endoscopy and healthcare disparities.

Director David H. Kerman, MD

Associate Director Emory Manten, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

5

Duration of Fellowship?

3 years

Program Highlights

Large faculty with clinical & research expertise in all GI areas/ 5x the requirement of endoscopic volume

Work experience across 3 different hospital systems (county, private university & veterans affairs)

100% board pass rate over 10+ years

Your Faculty

Maria T. Abreu, MD
Martin Kalser Chair in Gastroenterology
Professor, Medicine
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Vice-Chair, Research, Department of Medicine

Sunil Amin, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

Jamie S. Barkin, MD
Professor, Clinical Medicine

Jodie Barkin, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

Andres Carrion, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine
Program Director, University of Miami/Jackson Health System (Transplant Hepatology)

Oriana Damas, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine
Director, Translational Research, Crohn’s & Colitis Center

Amar Deshpande, MD
Assistant Dean, Medical Education and Competency Assessment
Professor, Clinical Medicine
Vice Chair, Education, Department of Medicine
Vice Chief, Education, Division of Gastroenterology

Jose Garrido, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine

Mohit Girotra, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

David Kerman, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine
Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Emory Manten, MD
Associate Program Director, University of Miami/Jackson Health System

Il Joon Paik, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

Michelle Pearlman, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

Enrico Souto, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

Daniel Sussman, MD , MS
Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine

Clinical Experience

Year 1

First-year fellows spend the majority of their time acquiring cognitive skills; learning how to apply them effectively in answering consults and beginning to learn diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. They are taught fundamentals of consultation in gastroenterology and hepatology and serve as the primary contact on the inpatient services, while also starting to learn ambulatory care. They are taught all basic endoscopy procedures including colonoscopy; esophageal dilation; gastrostomy; mucosal biopsies; sigmoidoscopy and upper endoscopy.

Fellows rotate through all three participating hospitals (Jackson Memorial Hospital, UHealth Tower and VA Medical Center) and, in addition, have a half-day continuity gastrointestinal clinic weekly at one of the above locations. During the first year, fellows have at least one month of blocked research time and attend three hours of conference per week, where they are responsible for presenting at conferences including journal club, morbidity and mortality and multidisciplinary conferences, like surgery, in addition to presenting their scholarly work at a research conference.

As the primary inpatient consultation fellows, the first years play a critical role in teaching the residents and students rotating on our services. All six of the core ACGME competencies are taught and evaluated, with the expectation of reaching specialty-accepted milestones before proceeding to the next level of training.

Year 2

Second-year fellows expand on the aforementioned skills learned in their first year by assisting first-year fellows in all aspects of their experience. They are responsible for helping in the education of the first-year fellows, as well as providing further higher-level education to the rotating students and residents. Second-year fellows further refine the endoscopic skills obtained in their first year and also learn advanced endoscopic procedures, including capsule and deep enteroscopy; colonoscopy with polypectomy; endoscopic control of bleeding (variceal and non-variceal); endoscopic ultrasound; endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography; enteral stenting; esophageal motility and pH studies and percutaneous and laparoscopic liver biopsy. They rotate through all four participating hospitals and in addition, have a half-day continuity GI clinic weekly at either Jackson Memorial Hospital, UHealth Tower or the VA Medical Center. They also continue to refine their knowledge in inpatient and outpatient consultative gastroenterology and hepatology and rotate on the subspecialty services. Fellows can also do electives in multidisciplinary areas both within and outside of internal medicine, such as genetics, oncology, pathology, radiology and surgery.

Second-year fellows start to acknowledge and appreciate the subtle differences in care provided at government, public and university institutions including access to care, cultural differences and different electronic health record systems. They continue to participate in the scholarly work that had been initiated during their first year, both longitudinally and in at least one month of blocked research time. These middle-level fellows attend three hours of conference per week and present at the journal review and inflammatory bowel disease conferences, as well as presenting their scholarly work at research conferences. All six of the core ACGME competencies are taught and evaluated, with the expectation of reaching specialty-accepted milestones before proceeding to the next level of training.

Year 3

Third-year fellows further expand on their cognitive and procedural base by supervising first- and second-year fellows and learning the subtleties of advanced and therapeutic endoscopic procedures, while fine-tuning their skills in basic endoscopy and becoming ready to perform procedures independently. They also serve in the role of team leader on the consultative and primary inpatient services in gastroenterology and hepatology at all sites, being allowed progressively more independent decision making, while still having faculty oversight at all times. It is also in this capacity that they are being readied for independent practice.

Fellows rotate through all four participating hospitals and in addition, have a half-day continuity GI clinic weekly at Jackson Memorial Hospital, UHealth Tower or the VA Medical Center. Third-year fellows rotate through more of the subspecialty and elective services and gain a further appreciation for the practice of our specialty in various settings. They conclude their scholarly work, both longitudinally and in at least one month of blocked research time, with most fellows producing presentations at national meetings and/or manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. For some fellows, this research serves as a springboard for continued research productivity in their careers. The fellows at this level of training can spend a greater block of time focusing on an area of subspecialty (either clinically or in research) or continue mastering general gastroenterology and hepatology. In their role as senior fellows, their teaching skills are further refined, providing education to more junior fellows, residents, students and other healthcare professionals. They attend three hours of conference per week and present at endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease and motility conferences, as well as presenting their scholarly work at research conferences. All six of the core ACGME competencies are taught and evaluated, with the expectation of reaching specialty-accepted milestones before graduating. The full three years of training provide fellows all of the tools to be successful in academic or community-based settings, either in general or niche-specific practices, with the ability to serve effectively as clinicians, educators and/or researchers.

Additional Pathway

An additional pathway, known as the T32 Research Track, provides applicants with systematic, multidisciplinary postdoctoral research training in translational gastroenterology and hepatology. Opportunities for graduate degrees are available through this pathway. The program will provide training in three thematic areas including: healthcare disparities, inflammation and regeneration. Core faculty from across the University of Miami campus provide mentorship for this unique opportunity. Fellows selected in this pathway can participate in either a basic/translational science research track or health disparities/clinical outcomes track in a theme chosen by the fellow and selected mentor. Upon matriculation, trainees will complete the full clinical curriculum along with a two-year research requirement as stipulated by the T32 criteria. This track is designed for those interested in the pursuit of an academic career as a physician-scientist.

Alumni Placements Include:

Boston University
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Medical University of South Carolina
Medical College of Wisconsin
Montefiore Medical Center
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
UCSF Fresno
University of Maryland Medical Center
University of Miami
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Florida
University of Washington
Wake Forest University

Alumni Placements Include:

Boston University
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Medical University of South Carolina
Medical College of Wisconsin
Montefiore Medical Center
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
UCSF Fresno
University of Maryland Medical Center
University of Miami
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Florida
University of Washington
Wake Forest University