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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 two spots 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 ~ 15% of the total) and excellent patient outcomes aligned with national norms; (2) faculty thought leaders in research, industry and national organizations; (3) unique partnerships with the community (Hispanic transplant program); and (4) strong collaborations with a number of highly-regarded subspecialties in NMH GI, Radiology and Oncology.

There are 10 full-time Hepatology faculty with varied interests in research (clinical, translational, and basic sciences) and education. Faculty will serve as mentors and roles models in all aspects of clinical, scientific and overall professional practice.

While this is an intellectually intense fellowship, we strive and achieve a collegial atmosphere amongst faculty, staff, trainees and patients. There is continuous multi-modal feedback throughout the year to ensure for the growth, safety and overall well-being of the fellows. 

Our mission is provide excellent patient care, generate substantive research, and train future academic leaders.

 Clinical Experience

Clinical Schedule

The TH fellowship is one year 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). Vacation (1 month, 20 working days) also takes place. Two continuity clinics (post-LT, General Hepatology) will be maintained, the former throughout the year, the latter for 4 months during outpatient months. All clinics are supervised by Hepatology and/or Transplant faculty.

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 Transplant Surgery service, the fellow may indeed by the primary consultant (with attending supervision). General Hepatology consults are managed by the GI fellow; the TH fellow may shadow and/or assist ad hoc

Procedures

Procedural competency in endoscopy is expected by the time of entry to the TH fellowship, however a ½ half day block of EGD and colonoscopy is allocated to the outpatient TH fellow to maintain skills; further blocks are also available. In general, on inpatient services, the GI fellow performs all procedures. Liver biopsy procedural (at least 20) and interpretive (at least 200) competency will be achieved during this fellowship. During the second-half of the year, fellows will attend (and can participate in) at least 3 deceased donor procurements and 1 recipient surgery 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 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 one-to-one 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.

 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

The TH fellowship is accessible to both board eligible/certified GI Fellowship graduates (traditional pathway), and/or as part of Northwestern GI Fellowship Pilot Program (2 years GI + 1 year TH fellowship). At the end of this fellowship, traditional fellows will be eligible for the TH board examination (Pilot Program fellows will be eligible for both GI and TH board examinations). 

Next available positions are for 2021-2022 (starting July 1). Availability of positions are in part determined by ongoing internal candidate eligibility (traditional/pilot). For external fellows (traditional pathway), applications can be submitted in January 2020 and onwards.

 Application Process

Applicants must submit a CV, three letters of recommendation (1 from their Program Director), personal statement, and USMLE Step scores. Traditional pathway applicants submit through the standard 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

Program Director: Josh Levitsky, MD, MS
Associate Program Director: Christopher Moore, MD

 

 

 

 

More Information

 Further program details, including our Housestaff Manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site. Likewise, we recommend reading through our FREIDA listings: Program Number 158-16-14-015.

Contact Us

Christopher Moore, MD

Program Director - Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Angela Tucker

Program Coordinator

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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

Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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