Gastroenterology Fellowship Introduction
Thank you for taking the time to check out the Wake Forest GI Fellowship Program! We are proud of the educational experience that we have created here, and we are excited to share the details of our program with prospective fellows.
I would like to congratulate you for considering a career in gastroenterology. I think it is the most stimulating and rewarding subspecialty in medicine. Now, 25 years after completing my fellowship, I am still excited about coming to work every day and practicing gastroenterology and hepatology. The prospect of seeing patients with acute and chronic illnesses of multiple organ systems and providing cognitive and procedural interventions offers unending challenges and rewards.
The greatest asset of the Wake Forest GI Fellowship Program is our people. We have intentionally recruited fellows and faculty for their collegial character, their passion for teaching and learning, and their commitment to excellence in patient care and research. Our faculty brings expertise across the spectrum of gastroenterology and hepatology. Our fellows bring sharp minds, caring hearts, and an energetic commitment to each other, our patients, and the educational enterprise.
The first two years of our curriculum is carefully designed to give each fellow the fundamental knowledge and experience necessary to provide comprehensive consultation across the breadth of gastroenterology and hepatology. The third year curriculum is more open-ended to allow fellows to focus on refining and expanding specific skills that they will need for their individual career paths.
Wake Forest Baptist Health provides an ideal setting for training in gastroenterology and hepatology. A premier academic medical center, Wake Forest serves a four-state referral area. The tertiary and quaternary care provided to our patients gives our fellows first-hand experience with the complete spectrum of pathology in our subspecialty. At the same time, our fellows get ample experience with the bread-and-butter issues of gastroenterology and hepatology, serving as primary consultants in the setting of their continuity clinics and in the hospital. Our patients come from all walks of life, with complete socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, gender, and age diversity. They are polite, grateful, and appreciative of the care that we provide. We enjoy collegial relationships with expert radiologists, pathologists, and surgeons – all essential for success in training and practicing gastroenterology and hepatology. Our medical center provides state-of-the-art equipment and highly-skilled endoscopy personnel to support the procedural aspects of our practice. Our institutional culture includes a strong commitment to research endeavors, and a robust infrastructure exists to support that academic mission.
All of this takes place in the wonderful city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is a beautiful, vibrant community with diverse industries that attract young people pursuing a variety of professional careers. This so-called “City of the Arts” is replete with cultural activities, festivals, and events. The natural beauty of our city and surrounding areas, an ideal climate, and the proximity of the mountains and beaches provide many opportunities for leisure-time activities.
These are exciting times in our subspecialty, and we want to recruit enthusiastic young men and women to share our passion. We love what we do, and we love teaching it to our fellows. Please take a serious look at us and consider applying to our fellowship program. We are confident that it will take only one visit with us to convince you that Wake Forest is an ideal place for you to pursue training in gastroenterology and hepatology.
Joel Bruggen, MD
Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program