Thank you for your interest in the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Our fellowship is based at Boston Children’s Hospital, a world-renowned, free-standing pediatric hospital adjacent to the main campuses of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Our fellowship aims to train future leaders in academic gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. The clinical and career development opportunities for our fellows are unparalleled. The Boston Children’s Hospital clinical program is among the largest in the country, with more than 60 active pediatric gastroenterology faculty and more than 35,000 ambulatory patient visits annually. In addition to busy general teaching clinics, our fellows participate in numerous multidisciplinary subspecialty programs and Centers of Excellence. Our fellows learn hospital-based medicine on a busy inpatient service, which provides general and subspecialty care to local, regional, and international patients. In addition, they receive technical training in our state-of-the-art Gastrointestinal Procedure Unit, where more than 3,000 diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed each year.
Fellows receive individualized mentoring and training to support careers in academic medicine. In addition, fellows are given protected research time during their second and third years of training to acquire basic, clinical, and translational research skills that will enable them to develop questions and participate in original investigations. Senior research faculty members are available to assist fellows in identifying and applying for extramural grant support from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. NIH-funded independent investigators on our research faculty generate an annual research base of more than $10 million. Previous fellows have successfully conducted mentored projects in pharmacology, biomarker development, outcomes research, and nutritional epidemiology. Graduate and asynchronous didactics are available to fellows interested in medical education, health policy, healthcare systems analysis and management, and quality improvement.
A significant research infrastructure is in place to support our fellows through the Harvard Digestive Disease Center, directed by our former division chief, Dr. Wayne Lencer. Additional training and collaborative opportunities are available through the Harvard Catalyst, a Harvard University-sponsored program that facilitates the translation of medical discovery into clinical practice. Our fellows benefit tremendously from our proximity to investigators and resources available at area research and clinical institutions, including the Harvard Institute of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Our program is centered on our fellows participating in directing the content of our curriculum. To this end, fellows are active participants on subcommittees that meet regularly to evaluate individual components of clinical and research training. Initiatives are proposed and actualized under the oversight of our Fellowship Steering Committee.
We invite you to explore our fellowship website, which provides a more comprehensive view of our training program. Please contact me or Erin O’Reilly, our program administrator, if you have specific questions or special interests after visiting this site.
The application and interview process will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the program with our clinical and research faculty and current fellows. We feel that our fellowship represents a unique training environment. The Boston medical and scientific communities offer numerous possibilities for excellent training. I hope you consider our fellowship program, and I look forward to having the opportunity to speak with you.
Paul A. Rufo, MD, MMSc
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, HMS
Director, HMS Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition