The Gastroenterology Division sponsors one of the most competitive fellowship training programs in the country, under the direction of Ciaran Kelly and Douglas Horst. Supported by an NHI T32 Training Grant, the program has twelve fellows, four in each of the three years. The program offers three distinct pathways that allow fellows to develop academic careers as: 1) basic researchers, 2) clinical researchers, or 3) clinician/teachers.
The division offers an advanced one-year fellowship in liver disease and therapeutic endoscopy. One of the major criteria used to select fellows is academic potential as evidenced by commitment to research and teaching. After the completion of clinical training in the first year, fellows undergo two to three years of mentored basic or clinical research training with intense hands-on experience. Trainees are supervised by experienced research mentors with a wide range of interest and expertise from basic cellular and molecular biology to clinical research. A training committee of experienced faculty members oversees each trainee's research progress. A rich menu of didactic courses, seminars and conferences is also provided.
Clinical research training is supported by the "Clinical Investigator Training Program" at BIDMC, and by the "Scholars in the Clinical Science" program at Harvard School of Public Health. Both of these programs provide a structured, two-year curriculum for GI fellows after completion of clinical training with a combination of didactic instruction and a mentored clinical research project. Trainees in these two pathways are eligible to write a thesis for a Master's Degree from Harvard.