Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program
Kenneth E. Fasanella, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
The UPMC Gastroenterology Fellowship Program provides an established educational curriculum with excellence in clinical service and training complemented by outstanding research opportunities.
Our GI Fellowship Program has received the maximum accreditation cycle from the ACGME, honored with commendations and no citations. Due to the large size of the fellowship and outstanding clinical and research faculty (40+), we are able to tailor training to ensure that each fellow achieves his or her individual career goals. In keeping with ACGME requirements, all University of Pittsburgh fellows must participate in 18 months of clinical training, but the additional 18 months of training may be constructed to meet fellows’ individualized interests. This flexibility offers the trainees several benefits:
- Fellows are encouraged to define their long-term career goals early in the training period.
- An individualized training experience that can provide up to 18 months of protected research time specialized clinical training in a focused discipline, educational training, or other opportunities based on specific interests.
- Opportunity to advance interested fellows into a third-tier (fourth year) specialized training program.
Most fellows spend their first year in clinical training. Select fellows (usually T32 track fellows) have protected research time during their first year. Within the first six months of training, the program director and associate program director meet with Year I fellows to plan the second and third training years. During this first year, structured meetings are arranged among Year I fellows and the research and clinical faculty. Fellows begin to define career goals and plan for the second training year, all with guidance and supervision from fellowship leadership. By the end of the first year, a Year II schedule is established to provide protected time for research, specialized clinical training, education, or additional course work. During the second year of fellowship, regular meetings occur with the fellow, his or her research mentor, and the program director to assess progress and plan for the final year of GI fellowship training.
Additional masters-level courses may be taken as part of the training program (e.g., courses in public health, business administration and education). All current fellows are involved in clinical or basic research projects with the faculty. Before fellowship completion, all fellows must publish in a peer-reviewed journal and/or have a poster or oral abstract accepted at a national annual GI or hepatology meeting.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the training and research opportunities available within our division. Thank you for your interest.