The fellowship program consists of four components: clinical activities, procedural training, educational curriculum, and research experience. The first year is devoted to clinical training and is divided between Boston Medical Center and the Boston VA Medical Center. Fellows and senior staff rotate night and weekend coverage for emergency consultations and procedures. Owing to the academic nature of our program, fellows are encouraged to develop their own teaching skills through active participation at rounds, seminars, and conferences. A full range of clinical and research conferences are available at the hospitals, and every week include: a gastrointestinal radiology or gastrointestinal pathology conference; GI Grand Rounds. GI-Surgical rounds, GI Research in Progress and journal club are held monthly. In addition, numerous expert academic gastroenterologists from throughout the country are invited to speak at the Medicine and Gastroenterology Grand Rounds.
A total of 18 months of clinical training are mandatory in the training program. The following chart illustrates the approximate division of clinical and research responsibilities for each year of the fellowship:
|Year 1||12 months||0 months|
|Year 2||4 months||8 months|
|Year 3||3 months||9 months|
During the second and third years, fellows train under the guidance of one of the GI staff members and carry out a research project under his/her direction. The research commences during the second year, but fellows are encouraged to begin background reading and preliminary discussions during the first clinical year. Fellows present their research work at local research seminars and, when appropriate, at local and national meetings. All fellows are expected to become authors of scientific or clinical papers in excellent peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Lowe is responsible for coordinating the educational activities of postdoctoral fellows in the Section of Gastroenterology, including two didactic lecture series in which attending physicians within the Section provide trainees with contemporary information related to their respective areas of expertise. In addition, clinic assignments are carefully coordinated to match the fellows with supervising attendings who share common interests. The fellows have a monthly meeting with Dr. Lowe, as well as ad hoc meetings throughout the year, to discuss any issues that may arise. All attending physicians assist fellows in the preparation of clinical and research presentations, including those within Boston University, as well as local and national meetings. The training of fellows assumes a high priority at Boston University, and the welfare and future success of our trainees is of paramount import to Dr. Lowe and all the attending staff.