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Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

The aim of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program is to advance the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal and liver organs. Upon completion of the training experience, trainees will have the clinical, investigative and teaching skills necessary to take a leading role in academic and clinical gastroenterology.

Program Director

Francis M. Giardiello, M.D.


There are three fellowship tracks within the program:

Clinical scholar: This three-year track is geared toward fellows who wish to become academic clinicians and educators. During years two and three, which will consist of clinical rotations and attendance at subspecialty GI clinics, the fellow will have the opportunity to focus on a particular clinical area such as inflammatory bowel disease, endoscopy, nutrition, colon neoplasia or liver disease. The fellow will engage in a clinical research project within that area of interest and will be asked to identify a clinical mentor.

Physician scientist: This three-year track is aimed at training fellows for independent investigative careers in laboratory investigation in gastroenterology or hepatology. After the first year of clinical rotations, the fellow will select a research mentor and focus on a specific area of research. The Research section provides information on the division’s current research.

Clinical investigator: In years two through four of this four-year program, fellows undergo formal training in clinical investigation available through a combined program with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Completion of this combined program results in a Ph.D. in clinical investigation. Although most of a fellow’s time is devoted to research in this track, the fellow will have continued clinical care responsibilities in GI clinic, endoscopy, on call and limited inpatient rotations.

Clinical rotations

The clinical rotations include inpatient rotations, outpatient rotations and endoscopic training.

Inpatient rotations: In all tracks, the fellow will rotate on one of four clinical services during the first year:

  • GI Inpatient Service
  • GI Consult Service
  • Liver Inpatient and Consult Service
  • Bayview Service

Outpatient rotations: During all years of all tracks, fellows spend one half day in clinic with a GI faculty member in Continuity Clinic. The upper level fellow will also rotate every six months to the clinic of a different faculty member to allow exposure to a variety of GI subspecialty areas. During the second year, the fellow will perform endoscopic procedures with a faculty preceptor one half day per week.

Endoscopic training: Fellows will be trained in the ACGME-required procedures for gastroenterology.

Opportunities to master endoscopic ultrasound, diagnostic ERCP, laser therapy and photodynamic therapy are offered as a fourth-year fellowship on an intermittent basis.


Fellows are expected to attend several conferences, including GI Grand Rounds, Journal Club, GI Research Conference, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, IBD Conference, Liver Transplant Conference, Pathology Conference and Didactics Conference.

Program Length

Clinical scholar: Three years

Physician scientist: Three years

Clinical investigator: Four years

How to Apply

The Gastroenterology Fellowship Program participates in the Match (NRMP) and also accepts applications through the ERAS Universal Application process beginning July 1, 2014. Applicants must also fill out a Hopkins-specific supplementary application. E-mail your name and address to Linda Welch at to request a supplemental application.

Please send all fellowship application materials to:
Linda M. Welch
Fellowship Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Hospital
1830 E Monument St
Ste 431
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 410-955-2635

Applications are reviewed from July 15 onward. The interview period is from July to November 2014.


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