The training program in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Health System is ACGME-accredited and offers three years of formal education designed to qualify the trainees to sit for and pass the Boards in the subspecialty of Gastroenterology. The program is designed for trainees to become high-quality consultants in both the cognitive and endoscopic aspects of the discipline, ensuring they are also well-poised to pursue a career in the research or educational arenas.
The Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hepatology are devoted to educating fellows in the quality care of patients; clinical research in disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver; and the education of physicians in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients with gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders.
This mission is accomplished by the divisions’ nationally and internationally recognized faculty working 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 the four participating hospitals, educating physicians seeking a career in this specialty.
The faculty has a wide range of special interests, including inflammatory bowel disease, motility disorders, functional bowel disease, gastrointestinal cancer, disorders of the liver and pancreas, therapeutic and advanced endoscopy, Hepatology, liver, and intestinal transplantation, and health care disparities.
ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: 5
Duration: 3 years
Postgraduate Training Required: Yes
U.S. Citizenship Required: No
Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at: List top 10 institutions.
- Drexel University
- Mount Sinai Beth Israel
- University of Texas-Southwestern
- Montefiore Medical Center
- University of Chicago
- University of Miami
- University of North Carolina
- Jackson Memorial Hospital
- University of Miami Hospital and Clinics
- University of Miami Hospital
- VA Medical Center
Completion of ACGME accredited Internal Medicine Residency
The faculty within the Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hepatology hold to the philosophical educational belief that clinical ability or competence is multi-dimensional, and that no single method can be used to teach clinical skills, nor can one single tool be utilized to adequately assess a fellow’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Therefore, to ensure effective teaching and assessment of competence, the program utilizes a multi-faceted approach. From several hundred applications nationally, the program invites about 30 applicants who trained or are training in an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine training program for an interview; of those, five trainees are selected annually.
Our requirements mirror those described in the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), as we participate in the National Resident Matching Program; our deadlines for applications are as per the NRMP. ERAS opens for applicants on July 1 of the year prior to fellowship start date (July 1 of the following year). Interviewees are chosen in August with a couple of interview dates in September and October. Interviews are conducted at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine with faculty from all participating sites. Rank lists for applicants and programs are due in November with the Match in early December, about six months prior to the start of fellowship.
The fellowship program draws upon the resources of our four affiliated hospital centers. Trainees receive formal training at the University of Miami Hospital (UMH), the University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMHC/SCCC), Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH), and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). Rotations through these institutions occur throughout the 36 months of training, with the majority of experience taking place at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital sites. Jackson Health System is the sponsoring GME institution and the primary affiliate of the medical school. Rotations are specialty-based (Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatology, Pancreas/Small Bowel, Advanced Endoscopy, Motility, Nutrition, GI Oncology) and hospital-based (cognitive and endoscopic training at each participating hospital). In addition, all fellows have a continuity clinic throughout the three years of training. There is a minimum of three months of time dedicated to research, with opportunity for up to a full year of research for those who choose to pursue this. In the final year of training, fellows have the opportunity to spend more time in the subspecialty of their choice.
At the conclusion of formal training, residents should be competent in the cognitive and procedural skills that qualify them to sit for the ABIM specialty board certifying examination in gastroenterology. All fellows completing the program in the last several years have taken the subspecialty Board examination with a pass rate of 100%. We are also part of a pilot program that allows fellows interested in Transplant Hepatology to complete training and be eligible for the Boards in both Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology after their 36 months of training. In the current system, a certificate in Transplant Hepatology otherwise requires an extra year of formal training (for which our institution has two ACGME-accredited positions), the only subspecialty in Gastroenterology with such a certificate.
Board Exam Requirements
ABIM examination in internal medicine.
Educational & Other Experience
Inpatient consult services and outpatient clinics are provided at University of Miami Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Hospital and Clinics (UMHC) and the VA Medical Center.
The subspecialist in Gastroenterology is trained in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. This requires appropriately trained physician investigators to investigate the natural history of diseases as well as produce outcome based approaches to treatment of these diseases. Part of the core curriculum is dedicated to research training. The training may either be basic (laboratory) or clinical (patient based).
The Fellows are expected to pick a mentor amongst the fulltime faculty or an equivalent approved by the program director, who will serve to guide them through the varied aspects of drafting, implementing and completing a research endeavor. We encourage the Fellows to initiate independent interests and projects. We expect this time to function as a period of orientation, and eventually mastering, the process of drafting a research hypothesis, writing a protocol, interacting with the Institutional Review Board, implementing and executing the protocol, and writing abstracts and manuscripts.
All call is home call, no in house call.
- First years: three weekdays and one weekend per month.
- Second and third years: two to three weekdays per month, and one weekend every other month.
Cynthia Levy, MD
Associate Program Director
Amar Deshpande, MD