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The Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program at Ascension Providence Hospital,
part of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, is designed to set the highest standard for excellence in training. The purpose of this training program is to develop successful practicing gastroenterologists with excellent clinical knowledge and procedural skill. The fellows who complete this program will:

1. Demonstrate competency in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
2. Be capable of pursuing careers in academic medicine and clinical practice.
3. Possess habits of life-long learning that will continue to enhance their knowledge, skills, and professionalism.


The training manual and curriculum is developed for the use of the gastroenterology
fellows and teaching faculty at Ascension Providence Hospital. The training manual will outline a variety of overall aspects of the program and provide curriculum goals and objectives for each level of the program. The curriculum for each rotation is included. These are structured around the six Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies and the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) outlined by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS), and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).


We cover five total GI services across the three sites. The consult service is a busy, procedure-rich service. All procedures are supervised by faculty. The fellows have access to the on-site simulation lab at the Southfield campus. Fellows also have one half-day of fellows clinic 1-2 times per month in addition to one half-day of clinic per week with an attending. 


We participate in the following conferences: 

  • Core Curriculum Conference Weekly 

  • GI Radiology Conference Monthly  

  • GI Pathology Conference Monthly  

  • Research Meeting Quarterly  

  • GI Journal Club Monthly  

  • GI Morbidity and Mortality Conference Quarterly  

  • Internal Medicine Resident Conference Monthly 

Our gastroenterology fellows have formal instruction, clinical experience and opportunities to  acquire expertise in the prevention, evaluation, and management of the areas listed below.  Specific subjects required are listed for each rotation throughout this manual:  

  • Acid peptic disorders of the gastrointestinal tract 

  • Functional disorders of the GI tract 

  • Motility disorders of the GI tract 

  • Acute and chronic liver diseases 

  • Complications of Cirrhosis 

  • Biliary Disorders 

  • Acute and chronic pancreatic diseases  

  • Gastrointestinal infections

  • Non-infectious luminal GI diseases 

  • Gastrointestinal and hepatic neoplastic disease 

  • Diseases of nutrient assimilation 


Gastroenterology fellows are provided opportunities to gain competency in a variety of  gastrointestinal procedures. A skilled preceptor is present to teach and supervise each procedure.  The fellow documents the procedure in a procedure log. The fellow's log includes the procedure  performed, the indication and outcomes of the procedure, the patient's diagnosis and the  supervising physician(s). The fellow must demonstrate competency of the following procedures,  including, but not limited to: 

  • Biopsy of the mucosa of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, and colon

  • Capsule endoscopy 

  • Colonoscopy with polypectomy 

  • Conscious sedation 

  • Esophageal dilation 

  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy 

  • Nonvariceal hemostasis including actively bleeding 

  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures utilizing enteral intubation

  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement 

  • Retrieval of foreign bodies from the esophagus 

  • Variceal hemostasis including actively bleeding patients 

The 2017 ASGE guidelines recommending the minimum number of procedures to begin to  assess competency are followed and are listed below:

We follow the 2017 ASGE guidelines which outline the following objective performance  components to be evaluated during assessment of endoscopy competence:


Abundant opportunities exist for scholarly activity. Mentors are established for fellows based on their interests and future goals to provide guidance on scholarly work, research or educational projects, and career planning. Fellows will be expected to complete at least one substantial scholarly project.

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