Three years of fellowship training in pediatric gastroenterology are required to attain board certification. Initially the fellow is exposed to gastrointestinal procedures and both outpatient and inpatient patient care.
Clinical research activities begin during the first year of training with proposal development and IRB submission. Additional opportunities are available in basic research in cooperation with scientists within Children's Mercy Hospitals and area institutions.
A carefully prepared core curriculum allows fellows the opportunity to participate in lectures, discussions and conferences in pathology, physiology and the molecular basis of diseases. Fellows are involved in preparation and presentation of some of these lectures and conferences.
This core curriculum includes experiences to fellows in the areas of clinical expertise, procedural skills and research skills. The program is designed to allow fellows more responsibility and independence as they progress.