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Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

The Transplant Hepatology (TH) Fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) offers advanced training in all aspects of liver disease, particularly focused upon the management of decompensated cirrhosis, hepatobiliary cancers, and post-transplant care. It is a one year fellowship, for which 1-2 positions are generally available.

This is a premier liver transplant (LT) program: (1) demonstrating continued success with both high volume (over 100 LTs per year, including living donation ~ 10% of the total) and excellent patient outcomes aligned with national norms; (2) faculty thought-leaders in research, industry and professional academic organizations; (3) unique partnerships with the community (Hispanic and African-American transplant programs); and (4) strong collaborations with a number of highly-regarded subspecialties in NMH such as GI, Radiology and Oncology.

Our Hepatology faculty have diverse interests and attachments to research (clinical, translational, and basic sciences), education, national organizations and industry. Faculty will serve as mentors and role models in all aspects of clinical, scientific and overall professional practice.

We strongly support a collegial work-environment amongst the transplant Faculty, fellows and staff. There is continuous multimodal feedback throughout the year to ensure for the growth, safety and overall well-being of the fellows. Wellness events are held on a monthly basis.

Our mission is to provide excellent patient care, generate substantive research, and train future academic leaders. We proudly serve the Chicagoland and Midwest region, with particular emphasis to under-served populations, through our African-American and Hispanic Transplant Programs.

 Clinical Experience

Clinical Schedule
The TH fellowship is 12 months in duration, and divided into in- and outpatient services. Fellows will alternate between these services on a monthly basis.

Outpatient services
The outpatient services mainly comprise pre- and post-LT clinics. During these months subspecialty rotations (Pediatric TH and Transplant Infectious Diseases) will also be performed (2 weeks each). The post-LT Hepatology clinic serves as a continuity clinic. A General Hepatology clinic (ad hoc) is also encouraged (schedule permitting) to maintain broad Hepatology expertise. All clinics are supervised by Hepatology and/or Transplant faculty. Vacation (1 month, 20 working days) takes place during this time.

Inpatient services
The inpatient services comprise the Hepatology primary service, wherein pre-LT and long-term post-LT patients are housed. The TH fellow has operational control over this service (with attending supervision) and will present all patients daily at a multi-disciplinary meeting. The day-to-day work of this service is carried out by residents, whom the fellow will oversee, assist and educate. For ICU patients, under the care of the Transplant Surgery service, the fellow may indeed be the primary consultant (with attending supervision). Hepatology consult service (those not related to transplant) is managed by a GI fellow; the TH fellow may shadow and/or assist ad hoc for this service.

Procedures
Procedural competency in endoscopy (EGD, colonoscopy) is expected by the time of entry to the TH fellowship, however half-day endoscopy blocks are allocated to the outpatient TH fellow to maintain skills. In general, on inpatient services, the Hepatology consult service fellow (GI fellow) performs all procedures. Liver biopsy procedural (at least 20) and interpretive (at least 200) competencies will be achieved during this fellowship. During the second-half of the year, fellows will attend (and can participate in) at least 1 deceased donor procurement and 3 recipient surgeries with the Transplant Surgery team.

 Education

The education of the TH fellow will occur through extensive clinical experiences (with directed feedback from the Faculty for cognitive, procedural and professional improvement), and formal didactic methods. Regarding didactics methods, the fellows will have access to: (1) an online standardized educational curriculum (meeting requirements for board review testing) and a reading list in General Hepatology and TH; (2) participate in multiple, weekly faculty-led conferences regarding specific transplant issues in and across Medicine and Surgery, and; (3) weekly meetings with the TH Program Director for 1:1 education, feedback and overall wellness assessments.

 Scholarly Activities

This is a clinical fellowship, and as such, formal research is not a requirement. However intra-mural Quality Improvement projects are required at a minimum. Research, or another form of publishable scholarship is strongly encouraged, and many opportunities are easily available given the varied interests and involvement of the faculty. For trainees who seek a career in transplant hepatology/surgical-related research, the NIH-funded T32 grant provides an outstanding opportunity. Further details regarding this grant, and its integration into our GI and TH fellowship pathway can be found here.

 Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine.  We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity please see the following resources:

 Requirements and Eligibility

TH fellows, at time of matriculation, must be board-eligible or board-certified in Gastroenterology. The TH fellowship is accessible through and completes the following pathways: traditional (totaling 3 year GI fellowship (internal or external to NMH) +1 year), or integrated pathway (totaling 2 year GI fellowship +1 year, all internal to NMH). At the end of the TH fellowship the fellow will be board-eligible for TH. External applicants must submit a CV, three letters of recommendation (1 from their Program Director), personal statement, and USMLE Step scores. Integrated pathway applicants submit through the standard GI Fellowship match protocol.

Availability of positions are in part determined by ongoing internal candidate eligibility (traditional/integrated). For external fellows, applications can be submitted now.

As you may know, the major Transplant Hepatology Fellowship programs around the country are trying to simplify and optimize the interview process for all parties. As such, there is a consensus that Programs will be processing applications on a rolling basis, with decisions to interview in December 2021, and actual interviews (in-person or virtual) in Spring 2022.

We look forward to working with you through this process and will update you as the consensus changes on these matters.

2022-2023 - 1 position OPEN. Taking applications now with rolling interviews.
2023-2024 - 1-2 positions OPEN. Taking applications now. Interviews Spring 2022.

 Application Process

External applicants must submit a CV, three letters of recommendation (1 from their Program Director), personal statement, and USMLE Step scores. Integrated pathway applicants submit through the standard GI Fellowship match protocol.

Contact: Angela Tucker
Program Coordinator
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
676 N. St. Clair, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.695.5398 office
312.695.3999 fax
angela.tucker2@nm.org
northwesternmedicine.org

Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program Director: Christopher Moore, MD
Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Director: Leila Kia, MD

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Christopher Moore, MD

Christopher Moore, MD

Program Director - Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Angela Tucker

Education Coordinator

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

angela.tucker2( at )nm.org
312-695-5398

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