Thank you for your interest in University of Colorado’s Gastroenterology Fellowship! The goal of our fellowship is to train highly qualified fellows in clinical, translational or basic science research and to inspire and prepare them for a future career as leaders in academic medicine and as physician scientists.
At the University of Colorado, fellows work closely with nationally and internationally recognized physicians and clinical investigators. We have expertise in all areas of GI and Hepatology, and in particular, GI oncology, hepatology, therapeutic endoscopy and IBD. Our Division is committed to providing the most innovative treatments to our patients and translating our research discoveries to improve patient care. The fellowship curriculum both ensures that you are well-trained in all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology and in your second and third years, allows you to tailor your training to your specific interests.
As a fellow, you practice at the University of Colorado Hospital (a typical tertiary/quaternary institution), Denver Health Hospital (community, non-profit hospital;), and the state of the art Rocky Mountain VA Hospital. You rotate through all our subspecialty clinics, including IBD, esophagus, pancreas, motility, hepatobiliary and liver transplant. You also rotate through numerous inpatient experiences: GI and hepatobiliary consults, liver transplant service, nutrition, and a primary GI inpatient service. Most of these services are multidisciplinary, where you will interact with surgeons, radiologists, and oncologists. Our endoscopy training includes all standard GI procedures as well as dedicated training in complex endoscopy, such as EUS, ERCP, EMR, and POEM.
Our program offers two distinct tracks: a 3-year Clinical Track and a 3-year National Institutes of Health-Sponsored Track. The later track allows you to complete a master's degree in clinical science, complete a 1-year medical educator training fellowship, or work in a basic science lab. Those on the clinical track will also have 6 months of protected research and can be tailored to your interests and career goals.
Our fellows work closely with their career and research mentors to help them achieve their personalized goals throughout their fellowship. Through our Research in Progress (RIP) conferences, we showcase our fellows' research accomplishments, offer feedback, and share opportunities for continued research. We also have small mini RIP sessions scheduled throughout the year to encourage small group and individualized guidance. Our holistic approach to developing your research programs has successfully launched many of our graduates' careers as they make meaningful contributions to the field.
Our fellows routinely present at national conferences such as DDW, AASLD, in addition to many subspecialty conferences. Our fellows also have a strong track record of publishing in national and international journals.
Fellows have ample time to interact with faculty, both professionally and personally. Faculty members frequently host conferences and workshops at their homes, fellows and faculty go bowling, go to baseball games and sing karaoke together. Fellows meet with me monthly and changes are made in real time.
University of Colorado's Gastroenterology Fellowship offers you the opportunity to realize your highest professional aspirations as you advance patient care and medical science. Our goal is to graduate fellows who are not only well trained with all the skills necessary to be leaders in their field but who are also happy and well rounded. We encourage you to explore our website and to contact us if you have any questions about our fellowship.
Paul Menard-Katcher, MD
Gastroenterology Fellowship Director