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Our pediatric GI program

We train fellows to be excellent clinicians, endoscopists, and academic leaders through clinical and research ventures. Our facility provides comprehensive care to a multi-state area including Missouri and Kansas. Faculty consists of over 25 board-certified physicians in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology. We work in a multi-disciplinary environment that includes nurse practitioners, nurses coordinators, dieticians, psychologists, and social workers. Our providers work in several subspecialties such as motility, transplant hepatology, intestinal rehab, pancreatology, polyposis, inflammatory bowel disease, feeding, chronic abdominal pain, among others. We are committed to high-quality patient care enhanced by research and academic endeavors. Fellows rapidly acquire skills in endoscopic procedures during the first year of the program through endoscopic simulation and hands-on procedures. Over our three-year fellowship, our fellows average over 400 esophagogastroduodenoscopies and over 180 colonoscopies with exposure to advanced endoscopy such as motility procedures and ERCP.

Your clinical experience

Inpatient and consult service

Fellows will spend a total of 52 weeks on service. They alternate weeks on the inpatient and consult teams during these blocks. The inpatient multidisciplinary team cares for inflammatory bowel disease, motility, intestinal rehab, transplant hepatology, pancreatology, among others.


Fellows spend a total of 24 weeks on scope. Fellows can expect to average at least 15 EGD with Control of Bleeding procedures and at least 10 flexible sigmoidoscopies, foreign body removals and polypectomies.

Subspecialty clinic

Fellows have weekly continuity clinic to manage their personal patient panel with attending oversight. In addition, fellows spend 16 weeks over three years on an outpatient rotation where fellows can explore the many subspecialty clinics that Children's Mercy has to offer.

More about your clinical experience and rotations

Check us out IRL!

Graduate Medical Education Open House

Explore our hospital and our city. Experience our culture of wellbeing and support firsthand. See your future here, with us.

Save the date:

  • Friday, October 4, 2024
  • Friday, October 25, 2024
  • Friday, November 8, 2024

One night lodging paid. Participation will not affect your ranking. All invited applicants will receive additional information at the time of their invitation to interview.

UIM Mix & Mingles

Optional session for applications traditionally underrepresented in medicine. Meet with UIM faculty, fellows and residents. Discuss DEI efforts and life at CM and in KC!

Save the date:

  • Thursday, October 3, 2024 (in person)
  • Thursday, October 24, 2024 (in person)
  • Thursday, November 7, 2024 (in person)

Participation will not affect your ranking. All invited applicants will receive additional information at the time of their invitation to interview.‚Äč

Educational conferences

Fellows attend divisional and hospital wide educational conferences throughout the year.

  • Weekly Board Review

  • Bimonthly Pediatric Core Content Conferences

  • Monthly Endoscopy Conference

  • Monthly Gastroenterology/Radiology Conference

  • Monthly Gastroenterology/Pathology Conference

  • Monthly Gastroenterology/Hepatology Journal club

  • Monthly Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Conference

  • Quarterly Hepatology Case Conference

  • Quarterly Biostatics Conference

  • Quarterly Gastroenterology/Radiology/Surgery Conference

More about the academic curriculum


Each of our trainees is expected to complete a minimum of one scholarly project during the course of their fellowship, resulting in the submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed publication.

Past/current fellows have completed scholarly work in the areas of bioethics, clinical research, translational research, basic science, education and quality improvement.

Fellows will also enroll in a grant writing course through GME with the goal of submitting a minimum of one grant application during their fellowship.

In addition, the Children's Mercy Research Institute supports a large number of basic-science, translational and clinical research projects.

More about our research

Apply for the program

The Children's Mercy Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program participates in Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and is listed under the Children's Mercy Hospital. The program participates in the National Residency Matching Program. Learn more about how to apply.


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Our Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship team

Voytek Slowik, MD
Program Director

Halee Patel, MD
Associate Program Director

Rachel Laws, MBA
Fellowship Coordinator