All fellows, whether clinical or academic, are required to actively participate in research. During the first fellowship year, the fellow selects a faculty mentor and a specific research project. For the clinical fellows, time is allotted for research during the fellowship, in blocks or intermittently, depending on the specific requirements of the project. This generally takes the form of 6 months over 3 years. If more time or block time is required, accommodations are made on an individual basis. For academic fellows, 18 months is allotted. Each fellow is expected to submit his/her research results for presentation at a national meeting e.g. (AGA, AASLD).