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Research Training Program

Scholarly Activity

A scholarly activity such as research is an important part of the Fellows’ intellectual development and training. As such, the Fellows must have satisfactorily and successfully finished six months of research within their three years of training in order to sit for the boards. Included in this requirement is the submission of two manuscripts with a minimum of one first author manuscript. Acceptable manuscripts include regular articles, case reports, review articles, and chapters.

A minimum of six months will be protected in blocks for research during the course of the Fellowship.  It is also expected that there will be significant time for research and other scholarly activity during the Endoscopy and Ambulatory rotations, since the Fellow has limited clinical duties during those blocks of time.  If the Fellow is interested in additional research time, and if the project is deemed worthy by the Faculty, additional time may be protected for research during the third year.

Each Fellow is expected to design, execute, and publish a research project during the course of his Fellowship.  During his/her Research rotations in the second half of the year, each first year Fellow is expected to lay the groundwork for such a research project.  This includes identification of a single primary mentor and the formulation of a specific plan for a research project. This will be accomplished with the help of their mentor and the Fellow Research Committee.  The first year Fellow will be assigned time in the conference schedule to present their research project plan in order to get preliminary advice on their project. This presentation will also serve to make the Faculty and other Fellows aware of the project.  This may be particularly helpful in the recruitment of patients in the setting of a clinical project.

It is expected that this research project will be presented as a poster or presentation at a scientific meeting.  These presentations would typically occur in the second or third years of the Fellowship and expenses for said presentations are typically covered by the Division.

In addition, the project is expected to result in a publication in a peer-reviewed journal as part of the Fellows’ requirement of two publications in order to satisfactorily complete their Fellowship training and sit for the boards.

The role of the primary mentor is to directly supervise the Fellow’s research progress. However, other GI Faculty members are expected to participate in the Fellows’ research training such as assisting with the IRB approval process, providing scientific and statistical guidance, providing opportunities for the Fellows to write reviews and chapters, assisting with the preparation of abstracts and manuscripts, and providing feedback for presentations at regional and national meetings.

General Timetable for the Fellows Scholarly Activity/ Research Project


1st Quarter2nd Quarter3rd Quarter4th Quarter
Identify Potential
Research Mentors
Select Primary
Research Mentor
Present potential
project at Conference
Start IRB approval
YEAR 2:   
1st Quarter  2nd Quarter3rd Quarter4th Quarter
IRB approvalSubject recruitmentSubject recruitmentSubject recruitment
Subject recruitmentData AnalysisData AnalysisData Analysis
Review or chapter
Review or chapter
preparation/ submission
*Abstract for NC
Gut Club
*Abstract for ACG or AASLD
YEAR 3:   
1st Quarter2nd Quarter3rd Quarter4th Quarter
Data AnalysisData AnalysisManuscript SubmissionComplete any
manuscript revisions
Manuscript preparation*Abstract for DDW
Manuscript preparation
*Abstract for NC
Gut Club




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