UVM Gastroenterology Fellowship Program


(upbeat music) – Hi, I’m Doctor Polly Parsons. I’m the Chair of Medicine here
at The University of Vermont, and I wanna welcome you to all
of our fellowship programs. We have an outstanding opportunity here at The University of Vermont. We work daily with world class faculty who are internationally recognized for their contributions
to research and education, and have exceptional fellows, residents, and medical students. Education is one of the core missions of our department in medicine, and we’re extraordinarily proud
of our fellowship programs, and the opportunities it
provides to the trainees, both when they’re here in training, and as they go on into
their future careers. – It’s a three year based program in which we take one fellow per year. Our overall goal is to develop
Gastroenterologists that are going to be incredibly competent, professional in the
performance of their skill set, but also that pursue scholastic aptitude, and we do that through a very strong, supportive educational program. – We have a GI faculty to fellow ratio of about 2, 2.5 to 1. We pride ourselves on
having a small program, and we do that on purpose. That’s done so that
each one of the fellows can get sort of individualized attention. – There’s a lot of really
individualized training, a lot of one on one time with the faculty, and our program is designed
where you spend six months at a time with one of the
specific faculty members, both doing procedures
and in clinic with them. – We’re able to
individualize that training that each fellow gets to the skill set that that
individual wants to develop over the course of the three years. – You can concentrate on whatever you want to concentrate on, the faculty is very supportive, and they’ll help you and
guide you if you wanna start focusing your
career on a certain path. I’m already doing things
that I didn’t anticipate that I’d be doing procedurally
that’s really in my training, and on top of the very
strong clinical training, there’s a lot of great
academic opportunity. – [Nicholas] We’re one of
the few programs, actually, that offer a year of
research dedicated time. – So we have the opportunity
to join ongoing research that the faculty is engaged in, or to come up with our own projects, and really sort of, the
world is your oyster, and our faculty here really
make whatever project you want into a reality. – Even though this is a
relatively small community, there is a large patient population that we do take care of, very diverse. – Being the only university medical center within the region, we not only function as a
community based hospital, so there’s a lot of the bread and butter that you’ll end up learning in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, but we also function as a tertiary and
coronary referral center, so there’s a lot of advanced care that the fellows get exposed to. – [Ovias] The faculty here is amazing. I mean, that’s the best
part of the program, you have a very diverse
group of attendings who have very different
approaches to patients and each one of those guys brings something
different to patient care. – [Joseph] and it really creates for, I think an exciting environment, but an environment that’s
conducive to learning. – You’re really given that sense of being nurtured as you’re learning and as you’re progressing as a physician. – Everybody’s invested in it, everybody participates in it, and is dedicated to developing the fellows professionally,
academically, educationally, to be the best that they can in our field, so that when they embark
on their own adventures after fellowship, whether it be academics
or clinical practice, they will be able to
hit the ground running, and to be able to handle
pretty much anything that’s thrown at them.

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