The advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship program at MD Anderson provides training in therapeutic endoscopies including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatoscopy (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic ultrasound guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS/FNA), enteral stenting, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) among others. It also focuses on teaching how to start clinical research, analyze research data and publish in peer-reviewed gastroenterology journals. The faculty is comprised of MD Anderson’s department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
Our goal is to provide advanced clinical and endoscopic training in the diagnosis, treatment and management of gastrointestinal disorders. The program will focus particularly in the staging and endoscopic treatment of pre-malignant and malignant conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, and in the management of gastrointestinal complications in oncologic patients. In addition, we seek to instill in the trainee a desire for innovative research projects that utilize therapeutic endoscopies.
Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for 2017. We will begin accepting applications for 2018 in December 2016.
For any questions regarding the advanced endoscopy fellowship program, contact the program coordinator, Carol Cox, at 713-563-8906, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the program director, Dr. Jeffrey H. Lee, email@example.com.
The training program is a one-year curriculum. All candidates must have completed a three-year accredited gastroenterology fellowship training program, be American board eligible or certified, and have documented competence in general routine endoscopic procedures. Successful candidates are selected after applications are reviewed and personal interviews are conducted in Houston.
The curriculum will be comprised of following major elements:
- Inpatient and outpatient consultation, with emphasis in pancreatico-biliary diseases
- Hands-on advanced endoscopic training under the mentorship of expert endoscopic faculty trainers
- Participation in weekly conferences
The fellow will attend weekly pathology conference and weekly esophageal, hepato-biliary and pancreatic multidisciplinary conferences.
Fellow supervision is available 24/7. The faculty members are available on weekends and evenings, when on call, by phone or pager (24 hours a day).
The fellow is expected to practice 50 hours in a standard work week plus some hours required on call.
The fellow is evaluated on a monthly basis by each faculty member. The faculty members and program director will meet and discuss the trainee’s performance and review the trainee's strengths and areas for improvement on a quarterly basis. During this meeting, the program director will fill out a final evaluation form with the combined/averaged data. The trainee may have a copy of the final evaluation.
The trainee will complete a detailed evaluation of the program and make suggestions for corrections or additions to the fellowship, every two months. The aim of this evaluation and subsequent meeting to discuss the evaluation is to understand the trainee’s perception of his or her progress and needs.
Applicants for the program must have completed a three-year accredited gastroenterology fellowship training program, be American board eligible or certified, and have documented competence in general routine endoscopic procedures. Applicants must submit their application and required documents through the DISCOVER system or the ASGE website.
MD Anderson requires international medical graduates to meet requirements for an institutional permit as outlined by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, as well as the documents necessary for a J-1 visa.
The following items are required for program applicants:
- Personal statement
- Curriculum vitae
- Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
- Letter of good standing from current program
- USMLE board scores
- Medical school diploma in its original language, as well as in English (copied and notarized, stating that it is a true copy of the original)
- Medical school transcript in its original language, as well as in English (copied and notarized, stating that it is a true copy of the original)
- ECFMG certificate (copied and notarized) (approximately four to six weeks processing)
The Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellowship Committee will review the applications when complete. Applicants considered for the fellowship program will be invited for a personal interview, providing an opportunity to visit the institution and meet with the faculty and fellows. It will also allow the gastroenterology fellows a chance to visit with the applicant and answer any additional questions.
The Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition department will conduct two formal interview sessions each year on Saturdays. At the interview sessions, an introduction and slide presentation is given by the Program Director. Each applicant will be interviewed by faculty members. The applicants also have an opportunity to tour the facilities. Before adjourning, a luncheon will be served and applicants will be able to ask questions.
MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.