UNC’s School of Medicine is pleased to offer a one-year advanced endoscopy fellowship that encompasses ERCP and EUS training. The advanced fellow receives extensive training and exposure to a wide range of procedures and cutting-edge techniques. Fellows are taught by three renowned faculty members (Dr. Todd Baron, Dr. Lisa Gangarosa, and Dr. Ian Grimm). On most days, two of these endoscopists are performing cases in the UNC Memorial Endoscopy Unit. This unit has two fully-equipped advanced endoscopy rooms, including one newly renovated room with state-of-the-art technology. The advanced fellow is encouraged to participate in as many complex endoscopic cases as possible.

Graduating fellows can expect to perform 400-500 of each procedure type (EUS and ERCP) and gain ample exposure to treatment of complex pancreaticobiliary disorders (including pancreatic necrosis, pseudocysts and pancreatic strictures) as well as newer interventional EUS-guided therapeutic techniques. Fellows are also exposed to advanced endoscopic techniques for managing large polyps, palliating gastrointestinal malignancies, treating complex strictures and Zenker’s diverticula, as well as performing celiac plexus neurolysis, deep enteroscopy with single balloon, and direct jejunal tube placement.

The advanced fellow’s education and training is augmented by consultative patient care responsibilities. Under the supervision of the three advanced endoscopy attending physicians, the advanced fellow coordinates the inpatient advanced endoscopy consultation service with a nurse practitioner. Additional patient care is provided with one half-day of continuity clinic per week and as a general endoscopy attending one half-day per week. Clinical research in advanced endoscopy is available and strongly encouraged.

Prospective applicants should apply through the ASGE website, which includes detailed information about the advanced endoscopy fellowship (AEF) match, how to apply, and an application timeline. If you have more specific questions, please contact Todd Baron, MD, or Lisa Gangarosa, MD, Co-directors of the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship, or Jarrett Grimm-Vavlitis, Education Program Manager for the division. Please note that we only accept applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents.