The MCW Gastroenterology Fellowship Program offers comprehensive training in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The MCW Gastroenterology Fellowship Program is accredited by the ACGME and offers fellowship training in two tracts: the standard Clinical Track and the Academic Track (NIH-sponsored clinical investigator track).
Both the Academic and the Clinical Tracks provide training in gastroenterological consultation, GI procedures and direct patient care at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital (FMLH), Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJ) in Milwaukee Wisconsin. All Division faculty are involved to varying degrees in this program. Close collaboration exists with the Departments of Radiology, Surgery, and Pathology at FMLH as well as the Pediatric Gastroenterology Service at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
The Academic NIH-sponsored Clinical Investigator Track additionally provides a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental and intellectually stimulating environment in which the trainees will have the opportunity to learn a full range of state-of-the-art research techniques necessary for research using human subjects, intact animal and whole organ preparations, cellular and molecular approaches. More importantly, it offers trainees the necessary knowledge and skills to formulate hypotheses and design the appropriate study to test these hypotheses utilizing the learned techniques. The aim of this training grant is to train both M.D. and Ph.D. graduates for a research career in academic gastroenterology. Physicians in the NIH-sponsored Clinical Investigator track will receive 18 months of clinical and 18 months of research training. The research may focus on GI motility, aerodigestive-GI tract interaction or neurogastroenterology/brain-gut with a particular opportunity to utilize the technique of functional MRI (fMRI). They will fully participate in the clinic conferences, seminars and didactic clinical training offered the clinical fellows. Upon completion of the fellowship program, all fellows (M.D.’s) will be GI board eligible.
The goal of both training programs is to develop trainees not only with “state of the art” skills in Gastroenterology and Hepatology but also the habits of critical inquiry necessary for continuing intellectual growth in the years ahead. In this spirit, the program prepares its graduates for successful careers whether it be in clinical practice, academic teaching or in pure research endeavors. We recognize that these career paths overlap to an increasing degree. Success therefore, is heavily based on the spirit of continued inquiry.