The fellows will be exposed to the full range of gastrointestinal, liver, pancreatic, and nutritional problems, including acute and chronic diarrhea, peptic acid diseases, vomiting disorders, esophageal disorders, failure-to-thrive and nutritional problems, eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, functional abdominal pain and dyspepsia, chronic constipation, abdominal pain, short gut syndrome, motility disorders, parenteral and enteral nutrition management, acute and chronic hepatitis, metabolic and genetic liver diseases, neonatal cholestasis, chronic cholestatic disorders, bile duct and gall bladder disorders, acute and chronic liver failure, acute and chronic pancreatitis, post-transplant cases, and others.
The first year of the fellowship is devoted primarily to clinical training including mastering endoscopic skills, managing complex inpatient cases and education. The aim of the first year of fellowship is to acquire clinical proficiency in management of the complex inpatient and outpatient cases. The inpatient service will provide ample opportunity to get confidence in performing procedures. The first year fellow will spend 8 months out of the year on the inpatient service with the other 4 months alternating between research and procedural time. It is expected that the first year fellow will develop a research plan at the end of first year and find a faculty mentor for the project. In the spring of their first year, the fellow will present his or her research plans to the Scholarly Oversight Committee for advice and approval. The Oversight committee will systematically monitor the fellow's progress during the next two years, assuring appropriate progress and success of the fellow.
The second and third years are mainly devoted to either clinical or basic research activities, continuity clinics, and limited inpatients care. One of the main goals of the second and third year fellowship is to conduct either clinical or basic research or both and able to present the results in the national meeting and submit it for publication. The Pediatric Gastroenterology and Research Laboratory allows conducting bench research. The second goal is to master the procedural skills. They also rotate for 1-2 months in the inpatient service and follow their patients in their continuity clinic. During the third year of fellowship, the fellows do a 1 month rotation in Hepatology and Transplant which can be done either at the Miami Intestinal and Liver Transplant Center in Miami, FL under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Garcia, or can be spent at the Advent Health Transplant Institute in Orlando, FL under the supervision of Dr. Regino Gonzalez-Peralta. Fellows have the opportunity to have electives in the pathology and radiology departments as well.