Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship

Clinical Activities

Clinical activities involve both outpatient and inpatient experiences. The Cedars-Sinai IBD faculty is committed to helping trainees develop clinical comfort and expertise in IBD, and to nurturing independence and autonomy in the setting of a supervised training program.

The Cedars-Sinai IBD Center provides outpatient ambulatory services for hundreds of patients each month. Fellows will attend three to five half-day clinics per week, and will be expected to maintain follow-up of patients they encounter. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to perform endoscopy one half-day per week should they so choose.

Fellows will also rotate on the IBD inpatient service along with an IBD faculty member. During these two week rotations, the IBD fellow will learn about the management of severe ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, become familiar with the art of cyclosporine administration, pre-operative decision-making and post-operative management of patients with IBD. The IBD fellow will be expected to take patient calls during these rotations with appropriate faculty back-up.

Research

The research experience is a critical component to the Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease training program. Once an applicant has been accepted to the program, we strongly encourage early communication through the program director to identify an area of research interest that can be discussed prior to starting the program.

Each fellow will be assigned a primary research mentor, who will oversee the fellow's research project and progress. It is expected that fellows will take ownership of at least one high-quality project under appropriate mentorship in clinical, translational, or basic research. Fellows are strongly encouraged to submit their research to a national or international meeting, and submit a manuscript for publication to a high-quality journal.

In addition, fellows will be expected to write and publish a review on the topic of research interest, and to present their research topic early in the year at Gastroenterology Grand Rounds. In addition to regular meetings with the primary pesearch mentor, fellows will present to the IBD faculty at monthly IBD research-in-progress meetings.

Conferences

The GI division offers several educational conferences on a weekly or monthly basis. It is expected that the IBD fellow will attend the weekly IBD Case Conference, weekly GI Grand Rounds, weekly Journal Club and a monthly Small Bowel Case Conference.

There are additional conferences that the IBD fellow is encouraged to attend, including weekly IBD Genetics, biweekly Capsule Endoscopy rounds, and weekly GI pathology conferences. In addition, the IBD fellow is expected to facilitate a monthly IBD pathology conference. The IBD fellow will be expected to present at GI Grand Rounds and Journal Club.

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send us a message.

Christina Ha, MD