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The purpose of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Research Program is to provide divisional fellows with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of and actively take part in the scientific process and medical innovation.
The division believes this curriculum is a critical component of the fellows’ education because these skills:
- allow trainees to independently and critically review medical and scientific literature;
- teach trainees how biomedical research is performed; and
- facilitate their participation in research projects.
All of these benefits also promote development of well-rounded and capable physicians and are essential to the overall academic health of the division, Department of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine.
- Fellows will select at least one mentored research project by the end of their first year. The mentor/mentor team may be based within or outside the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The trainee will work closely with their project mentor/mentor team, and set realistic time tables for achieving data collection, performing data interpretation and presenting and/or publishing their findings.
- Fellows will present their research plan at the end of their first year at a dedicated divisional conference. At this conference, they will receive feedback from the Fellowship Research Committee and other members of the faculty.
- Fellows will attend one of the following conferences each year: AASLD, ACG, ANMS, AIBD/CCF or DDW. Additionally, fellows will submit an abstract of their work at least once to one of these meetings.
- By the end of their three-year training period, fellows will author at least one of the following works of scholarship on a topic related to digestive disease:
- Case report
- Video describing an innovative technique/therapy
- Book chapter
- Review article
- Quality improvement project
- An original research abstract and/or manuscript (the former submitted to a national meeting, and the latter submitted for publication by the end of fellowship)
- Fellows are expected to present a review of their research work and related accomplishments during a dedicated divisional conference at the end of their third year, in addition to presenting at the Penn State College of Medicine Resident and Fellow Research Day.
- In July (during orientation), first-year fellows will meet with a member of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Research Committee to review the expectations, timeline and basic resources available related to research.
- In the fall, fellows will get an overview of research opportunities within the division at a dedicated divisional conference provided by the faculty.
- Beginning in the fall of the first year, all fellows participate in a fellows-only monthly course focused on evidence-based medicine, critical review of the scientific literature and writing a manuscript.
- Over the course of the first year, fellows are expected to investigate research topics of interest to them and eventually to identify a mentor or mentor team and at least one project to pursue.
- In May or June, first-year fellows will present an outline of their proposed research project. At this time, they will receive feedback from the Fellowship Research Committee members and other members of the faculty.
- Historically, the majority of the dedicated research time is scheduled during second year. Fellows should make significant progress during this time.
- Second-year fellows should also meet with their mentor/mentor team on a regular basis to ensure appropriate progress is being made.
- At a minimum, second-year fellows will submit at least one abstract to a major conference (AASLD, ACG, ANMS, AIBD/CCF or DDW). Of note, one Wednesday conference is set aside prior to major conferences to allow the fellows to practice presenting their work and to receive feedback.
- The primary goal of this year for the fellow is to complete their research projects, publish their work in qualified journals and present at national meetings.
- Fellows will continue to have regular meetings with their research mentor/mentor team.
- In May or June, third-year fellows are required to give a 20-minute presentation of their research at a dedicated division conference.
- Additionally, third-year fellows are expected to present their work at the Penn State College of Medicine Resident and Fellow Research Day held annually in the spring.
- All published research work should be updated in fellow’s CV, and accepted manuscripts will be provided to research support personnel in order to share the work with the institution and public through appropriate media.
Overview of Fellowship Research Timeline
Evaluation and feedback
Evaluation of each fellow’s research/scholarship will be based on effort, productivity and the quality of the research publications and presentations. The assessment of a fellow’s research/scholarship productivity is based on the quality and number of abstracts, presentations and publications. Grant and research awards are also considered but are not considered necessary.
Fellows are encouraged to publish in quality journals. Although not intended as a comprehensive tool, this link provides a list of reputable gastroenterology and GI surgery journals listed in order of their impact factors. It is important to avoid submitting scholarly work to predatory journals or publishing companies, some of which may be found on Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2018 and/or at Predatory Journals.
Formal opportunities for feedback will be provided by:
- the Fellowship Research Committee, mentors and faculty during and immediately after for the first-year fellows after they present their research plan;
- research mentors during the course of the fellow’s training; and
- the fellowship director and/or co-director twice a year (as part of their bi-annual review).
The fellowship director will formulate their assessment using the criteria listed above, based upon information provided by the research mentor(s) and other faculty members who have had direct experience with the fellow. A copy of the review form is available in OneDrive. See the fellow research project review form here (Penn State Access ID login required).
Any questions or concerns about the expectations outlined in this document or relating to the research experience itself should be directed to the fellowship director and/or the Fellowship Research Committee.
The division is working to compile research information and resources. With suggestions on resources to include, email Jessica Bogard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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