The pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition program is a three-year program. The first year is devoted entirely to clinical duties, both inpatient and outpatient. Second and third year fellows primarily spend their time doing research.
Medline CD-ROM searches can be performed through Emory University's medical library from the computers in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition section offices. In addition, fellows will have access to the extensive Emory University library facilities including the Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library.
A well supplied library is also available at Children’s at Egleston with access to Medline services. In the GI section, there is a wide selection of major gastroenterology, hepatology, liver transplant and nutrition pediatric journals.
The responsibilities of the fellowship trainees differ markedly from pediatric residents. Pediatric residents are responsible for writing orders and directly managing the patients. The fellows function in a consulting and attending role, much the same as they will when they join the faculty of a medical school. During the three years of fellowship training, fellows receive both formal and informal training on appropriate billing and coding, thereby facilitating transition to the faculty level and providing an understanding of the business of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.
All patients on the inpatient service are jointly managed by the house staff and fellows. Relationships between pediatric gastroenterology trainees and colleagues in other sections and departments are handled on a personal level.
Fellows are encouraged to attend weekly pediatric grand rounds at Children's at Egleston and Grady Memorial Hospital as well as case review sessions. Monthly attendance at conferences (radiology, pathology, journal club and text review) are required.
Optional educational opportunities are also available. Basic sciences seminars are conducted weekly by the Division of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases within the Department of Internal Medicine under the direction of Vincent Yang, M.D., Ph.D. Fellows are encouraged to attend whenever possible in order to interact with the adult gastroenterology fellows, faculty and attending physicians.