Pancreatology has become a niche field requiring additional training and experience due to the complexities of pancreatic disorders and the nuances involved in their management. A medical pancreatology fellowship would complement general gastroenterology and/or advanced endoscopy training by providing specialized training in pancreatic disorders from world-renowned experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Program Description and Curriculum
With the learning objective of becoming proficient in the management of pancreatic disorders, the pancreatology fellow will rotate in the outpatient clinics dedicated to pancreatitis, pancreas cyst, and pancreas pre-cancerous conditions. Fellows will also rotate on the inpatient pancreo-biliary service and develop teaching and leadership skills by interacting with fellows and other trainees. Through rotations with abdominal radiology, pancreas pathology, pancreo-biliary surgery, pancreas oncology, and pain management/psychiatry services, the fellow is expected to receive comprehensive training in the management of pancreatic disorders. In addition, the fellow is expected to join the respective case conferences of the pancreatitis center, pancreo-biliary service, multi-disciplinary meetings of the pancreas cancer and pancreas cyst centers.
Being involved in ongoing research and independently initiating new research is a major goal of this fellowship. The fellow will participate in pancreatology related clinical trials that are ongoing to learn the nuances of running clinical trials. The fellow will have an independent project that will be presented at the division grand rounds and will be submitted to a national conference. The curriculum has been predicated upon a variety of clinical, didactic, and research responsibilities designed to aid the fellows in achieving the six core competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, communication skills, patient-based learning, and systems-based practice. Over the course of this one-year training program, the fellow will be expected to function in a near-attending capacity. Optional training in endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) will be considered on a case-to-case basis.
Applicants should have completed training in an internal medicine residency and a gastroenterology fellowship at an ACGME-accredited institution (or equivalent if non-U.S. trained). A medical license to practice in the state of Maryland is required. Physicians with training outside the U.S. should be ECFMG certified.
The program length is one year.
How to Apply
In addition to the completed application above, please provide a personal statement outlining your future career plans and how a medical pancreatology fellowship can help attain these goals.
Current Pancreatic Fellow
Nikhil Bush Jayaram, M.B.B.S, M.D., D.M.Fellowship: Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh
Residency: Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh
Medical School: Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Why Johns Hopkins: I have trained in a high-volume tertiary medical institute in India. Due to overwhelming clinical responsibilities, dedicating time to research and academia was challenging. I aim to be a clinical scientist with an interest in pancreatology. My goal is to expand my exposure to understanding the principles of basic science and clinical research in my field of interest. The renowned faculty and state-of-the-art infrastructure at Johns Hopkins would be an ideal learning environment for me in fulfilling this endeavor. And, I was fortunate enough to be selected for this program.
Hobbies: Travelling, trekking, swimming, sports (tennis, cricket, soccer), reading, hanging out with family and friends
Interests in GI: Acute and chronic pancreatitis, autoimmune pancreatitis, pancreatic cystic lesions, pancreatic cancer, diagnostic and therapeutic pancreato-biliary endoscopy (ERCP, EUS)