Virginia Mason Franciscan Health aims to provide a unique and challenging experience for UW GI fellows in their second or third year of training:
- Expose experienced UW GI fellows to a population of highly complex patients in the context of a busy inpatient consultative service, outpatient clinics, and outpatient endoscopy services with a high volume of advanced endoscopic procedures.
- Train fellows in a team approach to medicine and a multidisciplinary approach to diagnostics, therapy, and a broad variety of disease states, including pancreatic disease, GI oncology, inflammatory bowel disease and hepatology. Fellows are expected to serve as valued and important contributors to the team.
- Offer opportunities to observe or take part in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures, including EUS, ERCP, deep enteroscopy, enteral stent placement, capsule endoscopy, and endoscopic mucosal resection. Exposure to esophageal pH testing and esophageal motility and anorectal motility is also available. Fellows must be able to describe indications/appropriateness, expected outcomes, and possible complications of endoscopic procedures.
- Present experiences in the ambulatory management of patients with various GI disorders, giving increasing responsibility for patient care and procedures while adequately supervising the fellow.
- Ensure the opportunity for fellows to achieve the level of patient care, cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills, interpersonal and communication skills, professional attitudes, and practical experiences required to be a gastroenterologist.
- Give ample opportunities to perform meaningful, supervised research experience and scholarly activities.