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The Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital continues a long tradition of excellence in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, clinical research in IBD, and extensive investigation of intestinal epithelial biology and mucosal immunology. The goal of this fellowship is to prepare trainees for an independent academic career in clinical investigation and patient care in the inflammatory bowel diseases.
Applicants should have completed at least two years in Gastroenterology fellowship, and should be competent in all areas of general gastroenterology and routine endoscopic procedures. Advanced IBD Fellows will be expected to participate directly in the care of outpatients with IBD seen in conjunction with IBD faculty in the MGH Crohn's and Colitis Center for at least three half-day sessions weekly. An additional half to whole day will be devoted to endoscopic procedures needed for the care of these patients. The Advanced IBD Fellow will also assist in follow up of inpatient consultations and admissions to the IBD service. Approximately 50% of effort will be devoted to the design and execution of independent research projects relating to IBD.
Appropriate kinds of research will include clinical trials, observational studies, studies related to outcomes, decision analyses, and translational projects. Education in patient care relating to IBD will occur through one-to-one preceptorship with expert IBD clinicians, leading to competence in all aspects of the clinical care of patients with IBD. A highlight of this educational process is the weekly interdisciplinary IBD Forum, a venue for education focused on decision making over complex problems through the collaborative assessment of surgical, medical, pathology, and radiographic opinion.
The appropriate candidate will have a background sufficient to capitalize on the wealth of resources available for research and education at the MGH and Harvard University. Eligible candidates will have completed at least two years of fellowship level training in Gastroenterology. Letters of recommendation will be required from the candidate's Fellowship Director or Division Chief, as well as two other individuals who are familiar with the candidate and can attest to the candidate's abilities in clinical gastroenterology, as well as the candidate's interests in IBD. The candidate must also provide documentation of credentials sufficient to attain clinical credentials at MGH as a trainee, including credentials necessary for obtaining a Massachusetts license. Candidates who will have the financial backing of their home division or grant support will have preference in the decision process, but all candidates will be considered regardless of financial resources for a stipend.
Applications should be emailed to Dr. Vijay Yajnik at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the MGH Crohn's and Colitis Center, 165 Cambridge St., 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114. Decisions will be made by no later than February 1, 2011. All applicants will be notified promptly if an earlier decision has been made.
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