Fellowship Program

Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

The Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Chicago offers a three-year Fellowship Program. 
The goal of the Fellowship Program is to train pediatricians in the clinical discipline of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and to prepare them for an independent career in an academic setting.

The section consists of six full time faculty members with expertise on a wide variety of gastrointestinal problems including Inflammatory Bowel diseases, Celiac disease, Nutritional problems including short gut syndrome. In addition the program has an active Pediatric Liver Transplant program, The first fellowship year is largely clinical with about nine months of service on the inpatient Pediatric Gastroenterology Service, Transplantation Service, and Outpatient Clinics. Required additional rotations include two to three weeks in the Inpatient Nutrition Service, one month of Adult Endoscopy Service, and an elective on the Pathology Service to familiarize fellows with gastrointestional and liver pathology.

The second year is focused on research training.  The fellow’s time is protected for about 80% of time for this year.  Fellows can choose from among a multitude of outstanding laboratories or research units at the University of Chicago within the Section, within the Department, or outside of the Department, as long as the arrangement is acceptable to the head of the laboratory or research unit and Pediatric Faculty members.  Fellows will be encouraged and assisted in writing of grant applications during this year. In addition fellows continue to maintain clinical responsibilities for 20% of time, with one half day of continuity clinic and a half day to perform procedures.

The third year is focused on a continuation of research training, for 80% time as in the second year and with similar clinical responsibilities.  It is expected that the Fellow will write one or more research papers during this year.   Fellows are expected to present their research findings at national meetings and travel will be supported, through their grants.

Year 1 Goals and Objectives (pdf)

Year 1 Goals and Objectives - Pathology Elective (pdf)

Year 1 Goals and Objectives - Nutrition Elective (pdf)

Year 1 Goals and Objectives - Endoscopy Rotation (Adult GI) (pdf)

Year 2 Goals and Objectives (pdf)

Year 3 Goals and Objectives (pdf)

Throughout all years of the Fellowship, the Fellows are encouraged to follow their own patients starting from diagnosis and continuing with follow-up care in the outpatient clinic.  During research time, Fellows will usually continue to follow and care for their own patients in the clinic (one half day per week).  The Fellows attend and participate in weekly journal club and case management conferences, monthly Radiology and Pathology conferences within the section.  A number of conferences outside of the section are encouraged including collaborative research, case management, pathology and IBD conferences with the Adult Gastroenterology section.  The Department of Pediatrics conducts numerous other conferences including Pediatric Grand Rounds, Pediatric Chief of Service Rounds, Pediatric Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Core Lecture Series and Morning Report, which the fellows are encouraged to attend.

To be eligible for the Fellowship Program, the candidate must have an MD degree, and qualifications to obtain a license to practice medicine in the State of Illinois. The candidate must be a Resident in Pediatrics at the PL-2 level or higher at an ACGME accredited program or have completed this training. Upon completion of a Pediatric Residency Program, the candidate must become eligible to take board examinations in Pediatrics offered by the American Board of Pediatrics. For candidates that lack these specific qualifications, such as those applying from outside of the United States, applications may be considered on an individual basis. Three letters of recommendation from medical faculty that are familiar with the candidate’s work in pediatrics and/or research are required as part of the application process.

This is a December Application Cycle program. Applicants may begin applying to our program as of November 15th. We will begin the review of applications starting December 1.
For general questions please contact:

Josephine Njoku Sanders
Section Coordinator
The University of Chicago
Department of Pediatrics
5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 4065
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Tel: 773 702-6418
Fax: 773 702-0666
Email: jnjokusanders@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu