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Teaching Conferences

GI Clinical Conferences Curriculum

Selected members of the fellowship participate with the program director in formulating and implementing this key didactic conference of the program. We have a two-year curriculum which incorporates lecture topics covering the full range of subject matter pertinent to the ACGME-defined curriculum. Every two years, we revisit and make minor adjustments in the topics, as guided by past experience and emerging medical issues. The fellows are integral to this process.

In keeping with a philosophy of providing a graduated complexity of responsibilities and experiences, we target more basic topics to the first year fellows, with more sophisticated topics to the seniors. Each fellow presents three clinic conference talks in a year, one of which is an “interesting case” wild card. The attending faculty, Pediatric GI faculty, and non-GI faculty (e.g., Surgery, Hematology/Oncology, Dermatology, Infectious Disease, Radiation Oncology, and Departments of Ethics and Office of Counsel) provide the remainder of talks. Faculty talks are designed to communicate crucial issues and topics to orient the trainees to a more productive consultative and clinical experience, as well as to take advantage of individual areas of expertise, interest, and research background.

Each conference should commence with an illustrative case presentation in the style of a CPC conference, supported by radiological and pathological materials as appropriate to the topic. When broad topic areas are assigned, the fellow is encouraged to focus the talk within the topic area in a manner most pertinent to the case presented. Very current reviews of the literature are required, and a summary of the basic text chapter pertinent to the topic is strongly discouraged. A copy of any handouts and literature search is maintained in the fellow’s file as part of their portfolio. Conference presentations by the fellows are evaluated along several of the competencies, as detailed later in this curriculum. The dates and assignment of topics to individual fellows is the responsibility of the chief fellow, conditional upon approval from the Program Director.

Steering Committee Conference

The GI Fellowship Steering committee meets quarterly to discuss the progress of the educational program, review whether the educational goals of various rotations are being met, discuss any breaking issues in graduate medical education, or any program specific problems. All first year fellows are members, and at least one peer selected fellow from each of the second and third years also participates. Faculty participants include the Program Director, the Division Chief, an additional key clinical faculty member, and the program director for the medical residency. Minutes are kept and distributed to the entire division.

We do not feel that it is meaningful to express the fellows participation in this activity according to the spectrum of competencies, as the activity is really more of a QA process of the program itself.

GI Department Conferences

Table listing of department conferences and descriptions

Conference Description
GI Clinical Case Conference Forum for fellows to discuss difficult or interesting/unusual cases and management with key faculty input
GI Pathology Conference Review cases with interesting or instructive pathology with a teaching GI Pathologist and Pathology residents
GI Board Review Conference Series A group study session with faculty to review board style questions and answers
Morbidity/Mortality Conference Fellows and faculty identify cases that demonstrate morbidity or mortality and incorporate elements of sharing experiences to identify clinical situations and management decisions which led to adverse outcomes
GI Journal Club Current and groundbreaking articles covering all aspects of GI and Hepatology are reviewed by fellows, faculty and research coordinator
Steering Committee Meeting GI program leadership and all fellows meet every other month to discuss all aspects of the program in a closed confidential environment
IBD Live Case-based IBD teleconference with other major academic IBD centers to share diagnostic and management ideas
GI CRS Case Conference GI and Colorectal faculty and fellows discuss non-IBD colorectal difficult or interesting/unusual cases and management
GI CRS IBD Conference GI and Colorectal faculty and fellows discuss difficult or interesting/unusual IBD cases and management
Pancreato-biliary Conference Advanced GI faculty and fellows discuss difficult or interesting/unusual pancreaticobiliary cases and management