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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition - Education


The Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics in Children's Hospital Colorado offers a three-year, ACGME-approved (Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education) fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. The fellowship program is designed to provide physicians who are board eligible or certified in pediatrics with in-depth clinical and research training in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition that will prepare them for a career in academic medicine and clinical practice.

Clinical training during the fellowship includes inpatient and outpatient experiences with common and unusual problems involving the esophagus, gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, and hepatobiliary system and normal and abnormal nutrition in childhood. Emphasis is placed on understanding the scientific and pathophysiologic basis for these disorders, assessing the best evidence and best practices available, defining a diagnostic and treatment plan, and assessing longitudinal outcomes. Also stressed are addressing the effects of acute and chronic gastrointestinal, hepatic, and nutritional problems on growth and development, quality of life, the psycho-behavioral health of children and the effect on their families. The second and third years of fellowship are devoted to research training and experience as well as continued clinical training. Please see our fellowship curriculum for detailed information.

Training for pediatric residents and other residents involves clinical experiences in inpatient, outpatient, and procedural aspects of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Additional development of clinical and/ or basic research skills is optional.

Pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition is an important part of the pediatric clerkship curriculum for third-year medical students at University of Colorado School of Medicine. Our faculty provide a lecture in gastroenterology as part of the clerkship's core lecture series and supervise medical students on the inpatient pediatric services.

A fourth-year medical student elective in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition emphasizes the outpatient evaluation and management of common and uncommon clinical problems, as well as time on the inpatient and consultation service and GI Procedure Unit.