Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship

The Section of Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy offers a one-year Advanced Endoscopy training to physicians who have completed an accredited three-year gastroenterology fellowship-training program and are board-eligible / certified.  The program is intended for physicians who are planning a career in academic advanced endoscopy with an emphasis on complex diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. Training will occur primarily through one-on-one mentorship and will also include development and conduct of supervised research projects and participation in the Division and Section educational activities including residents and fellows teaching activities.

Goals and Objectives:
1) Provide sub-specialized training and education to Gastroenterologists who have completed a three year accredited Gastroenterology fellowship, in the interdisciplinary management of complex mucosal, luminal and pancreato-biliary malignant and non-malignant diseases and conditions. The primary focus of this fellowship is mentored training in advanced endoscopic procedures.
2) Incorporate a comprehensive didactic component in the curriculum that includes monthly Journal club, Case conferences, Lectures on important advanced endoscopic topics by the faculty.
3) Require at least one mentored Clinical research project that is required to be completed and presented at a national GI meeting during the duration of the fellowship. The fellow will have a faculty to mentor him / her throughout the entire course of the research project and will have access to research coordinators and other appropriate infrastructure that is necessary for the execution of the project (see list of current research projects).
4) Formal and regular evaluation and feedback: The program director and the Advanced endoscopy fellow will have scheduled 30-minute meetings every month to discuss questions and concerns raised by the fellow and in addition, the program director will provide a summary of the evaluations provided by the faculty and appropriate feedback. The goal is to address concerns and issues at an early stage to enable constructive changes.

Clinical Component:
The Advanced endoscopic oncology fellowship will offer a structured and mentored training program in all advanced gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures and educational conferences focused on their application to the diagnosis and management of cancer.

1. To develop a systematic approach to the diagnostic evaluation and management of patients with GI cancers.
2.  To understand the indications, contraindications, and complications of all the different advanced endoscopic procedures and interventions.
3. To develop the clinical and technical skills of performing advanced endoscopic procedures.
4. To learn how to communicate appropriately the clinical information regarding the endoscopic evaluation to their colleagues on the clinical service, the patient and their family and with the endoscopy nursing staff.
5. To learn to diagnose, evaluate and manage the complications associated with advanced endoscopic procedures.

Didactic Component:
The curriculum includes a series of didactic lectures, conferences; supervised GI clinic and inpatient consult service. These lectures are provided by the GI oncology faculty, other Non-GI physicians who utilize these techniques, radiologists, oncologists, and conferences directed by advanced fellows.

Research Training:
Regular and structured meetings are held between fellows and identified faculty mentor to design and conduct research protocols. Fellows also work with other members of the GI Division with diverse skills and investigative backgrounds. Research projects are further developed and implemented in one of our varied GI Subspecialty research groups. fellows.

Fellowship Application:
For more information about the fellowship experience at the University of Kentucky, please send an e-mail inquiry to: 
Dr. Sam Mardini, Program Director