Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

The Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at Valley Hospital Medical Center is a three-year fellowship for training in gastroenterology. Fellows will assume increasing responsibility in procedures and patient care during the training continuum. The fellows will supervise Internal Medicine residents and medical students and will actively participate in formal didactics. They will attend continuity clinic at Digestive Associates. The program is ACGME accredited and has two fellows appointed each year.

Welcome from the Program Director

The program’s strength is derived from the exceptional clinical exposure provided at Valley Hospital Medical Center and several of its sister hospitals within the Las Vegas Valley.

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Meet our fellows

Inpatient Consultation Services

Trainees will learn to evaluate and treat hospitalized patients with acute and chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. This rotation will provide fellows with an opportunity to acquire the diagnostic and therapeutic skills necessary to evaluate patients presenting with gastrointestinal emergencies. Evaluation of patients will occur in close collaboration with other physicians, specifically other internists, surgeons, pathologists, microbiologists, and radiologists.

Objectives

Under close supervision of the responsible staff physician, trainees will acquire skills in the following areas:

  • Multidisciplinary approach to patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Multidisciplinary approach to patients with acute abdomen
  • Evaluation and treatment of patients with acute diseases of the biliary tract and acute pancreatitis
  • Diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal complications in geriatric patients
  • Approach to patients with gastrointestinal diseases and multiple, serious, or potentially life-threatening comorbidity
  • Gastrointestinal diseases and complications in patients in intensive care units
  • Approach and treatment of patients requiring nutritional support
  • Endoscopic techniques to achieve hemostasis
  • Endoscopic placement of gastrostomies
  • Documentation
  • Development of communicative skills necessary for interaction between consultants and other healthcare workers
  • Development of teaching skills through interaction with students and other trainees
  • Ethical problems in multi-morbid patients

Endoscopy Lab

Trainees will learn assessing risks of conscious sedation and various diagnostic procedures. The trainees will acquire skills necessary to safely induce sedation and perform invasive procedures. Under close supervision of the responsible staff physician, trainees should acquire skills in the following areas:

  • Pre-procedural evaluation of patients requiring conscious sedation
  • Induction and monitoring of conscious sedation
  • Guidelines for cleaning and sterilization of endoscopes
  • Endocarditis prophylaxis and patients with cardiovascular comorbidity
  • Endoscopic evaluation of the upper and lower digestive tract
  • Endoscopic biopsy technique in the proximal and distal GI tract including brushings
  • Safety and appropriate handling of biopsy material
  • Endoscopic hemostasis
  • Endoscopic removal of foreign bodies
  • Endoscopic polypectomy
  • Endoscopic treatment of strictures
  • Endoscopic treatment of malignancies
  • Endoscopic placement of gastrostomies
  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute complications due to sedation or endoscopic procedure
  • Motility testing of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Appropriate care and follow up after invasive procedures
  • Documentation of results
  • Ethical problems related to informed consent, surrogate decision-makers, and patient autonomy
  • Regulatory requirements in the operation of an Endoscopy lab; OSHA, universal precautions, use and maintenance of equipment, handling of contaminated and hazardous materials in the lab

Audition Rotations

We are now offering audition rotations to PGY 2 and 3 Internal Medicine residents. Please complete the Audition Rotation Application form and return it to Michelle Maiorino via email, Michelle.Maiorino@uhsinc.com, or by fax, 702-388-7819. It is important to plan well ahead because an agreement with your GME program is required as well as obtaining a training license from the State of Nevada.

Fellowship Application

All medicine sub-specialty fellowship applications should be submitted through ERAS. Visit the ERAS Fellowship Documents Office website. Please follow their directions regarding the required documents. We will review all ERAS applications and contact qualified applicants in the early Fall. Interviews will be conducted throughout the Fall season.

For more information on our Gastroenterology Fellowship program, contact Marcy Gershin at Marcia.Gershin@uhsinc.com.