The Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine offers a clinical fellowship program that accepts new fellows each year beginning in July. The clinical track is a three-year program for fellows who intend to enter clinical academic practice upon completion of the training program. The emphasis is on clinical gastroenterology with the opportunity for more formal clinical research training. Our program is nationally recognized and highly competitive; each year we receive approximately 400 applications.

Clinical Training

A first-year clinical fellow spends time on each of the core Clinical Rotations: 1) Luminal consultation service, 2) Hepatology consultation service , 3) Ambulatory, and 4) endoscopy, usually with time allotted for research activities.

During second year, in addition to the aforementioned rotations and research time, fellows can do rotations in nutrition, motility, and biliary consultations.

In the third year, the clinical fellow will hone skills in consultation, endoscopy, and teaching, and can do more intense (“Tier 2”) training in one of our clinical areas of expertise, including IBD, esophageal disease, liver disease, and functional & motility disorders. Some fellows are able to obtain extensive biliary (ERCP) exposure or other advanced procedure work.

Research Training

For clinical fellows it is expected that at the end of the first year a project mentor will be chosen and the outline of a research project will be developed. The mentor will help identify the resources required to carry out the research project. During the second year the fellow is expected to carry out the research project and during the third year continue further work on the project or a new project and write the project up for publication. It is hoped that preliminary work from the research project will be submitted in abstract form either to the AGA or ACG.

Summary of Rotations (Example only)

Year 1

Endoscopy – two-three months
Hepatology – two-three months
Luminal – two-three months
Ambulatory – two-three months
Research – one month

Year 2

Biliary – one month
Endoscopy – two-three months
Hepatology – two-three months
Luminal – one-two months
Motility – 1/2 month; Nutrition 1/2 month
Ambulatory – two-four months
Research – two months

Year 3

Biliary – six months
Endoscopy – one month
Hepatology – one month
Luminal – one month
Ambulatory – one month
Research – two months

Salary and Benefits

Clinical fellows are appointed through our Office of Graduate Medical Education and are paid by the Department of Medicine in accordance with the GME pay scale. Benefits are found on this site as well.