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Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Overview

The goal of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at Tufts Medical Center is to train individuals for an academic career in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. Our ACGME accredited program accepts 2-3 fellows each year.

The program is designed to offer flexibility to accommodate the needs of each individual fellow, while providing training in our core clinical areas. We provide our fellows with a wide range of experience including intensive experience in the management of liver disease, acute GI bleeding, acute and chronic GI diseases and endoscopy. Clinical training also includes in-depth work in liver disease and advanced procedural skills such as ERCP, EUS and endoscopic mucosal resection.

Our fellowship program is offered in collaboration with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.  Fellows also rotate through MetroWest Medical Center. The availability of two teaching sites in addition to Tufts Medical Center provides our trainees with an outstanding and diverse opportunity for clinical training and research under one fellowship program.

Program Leadership

Kathleen Viveiros, MD
Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
kviveiros@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Deborah Bastien
GI Fellowship Program Coordinator
dbastien@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Clinical Opportunities

Consult Service and Inpatient Care

Fellows will function as consultants on a medical team looking after patients with gastrointestinal or hepatology issues. The team consists of a GI staff attending, the fellow, residents, interns and medical students. Fellows are expected to round on all patients on a daily basis and to provide guidance for the junior members of the team.

In addition to usual patient care responsibilities, fellows will also perform any necessary endoscopic procedures on GI inpatients in a supervised setting. Fellows will also gain experience with both commonly seen clinical problems and unusual cases. They are responsible for all new consults and consult follow-ups, in conjunction with rotating residents and medical students.

Endoscopy

Tufts Medical Center fellows gain extensive experience in endoscopy, from standard colonoscopies and esophagogastroduodenoscopies to therapeutic procedures such as dilations, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomies, hemostasis, ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound.
Fellows are also often exposed to advanced techniques such as enteral stenting, magnification endoscopy, chromoendoscopy, video capsule endoscopy and endoscopic mucosal resection. Procedural rotations allow fellows more hands-on exposure.

Electives

Electives are offered in colorectal surgery and radiology.  Fellows also work closely with our faculty in Nutrition both on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Conferences

There are several educational conferences that are offered throughout the fellowship, including:

  • Attending rounds - daily on the inpatient service 
  • Clinical Pathology Conference  
  • Wednesday clinical case conference
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • GI oncology rounds - monthly
  • Didactic rounds – one hour per week, either fellow led or staff led
  • GI Grand rounds – internal or external speakers, often world-renowned
  • GI Journal Club
  • GI pathology rounds – once per week
  • Medical Grand rounds 
  • Boston Intercity Rounds (combined with MGH, Brigham, Lahey Clinic, Beth-Israel and Boston Medical Center)

Research Opportunities

Research Activities

Tufts Medical Center has strong training programs in outcomes research and clinical decision making. All fellows are expected to participate in research activities, clinical or basic, as part of their three-year fellowship.

Program faculty work closely with fellows to select research projects that are appropriate and can help the fellows’ work towards their long-range goals. The amount of time devoted to research is individualized for each fellow.  Fellows interested in conducting research as part of an academic career can obtain advanced degrees.

How to Apply

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at Tufts Medical Center. All applications should be submitted through the ERAS website.

We will only review completed applications that are submitted from July 1 through July 31. Please make sure to include the following in your application:

  • Common application
  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation (Program Director, Gastroenterologist)
  • Transcripts
  • USMLE board scores
  • Photograph

Applications received by the July 31st deadline are reviewed by the Gastroenterology Fellowship selection committee. In August, applicants will receive invitations for interviews; which will be held in September and October.

Questions about the application process can be directed to:

Debbie Bastien
Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Coordinator
Division of Gastroenterology
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box #233
Boston, MA 02111

Ph: 617-636-5883
Fx: 617-636-4505
dbastien@tuftsmedicalcenter.org