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The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at IU School of Medicine values mentorship, wellness and respect for our trainees.

Fellowship Life

Message from the Chief Fellow

I am excited that you are considering the Gastroenterology Fellowship program at Indiana University School of Medicine for your next step in training!

During your training at IU School of Medicine, you will find yourself immersed in diverse and robust clinical experiences across four clinical sites. IU is the primary academic center and transplant center for the state, and it is home to one of the highest-volume ERCP centers in North America. As such, during our training, we see a variety of pathology, both clinically and endoscopically. Clinically, these experiences prime you for expertise in hepatology and pancreaticobiliary disease even as a general gastroenterologist. Endoscopically, we gain expertise in various diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. From day one of your GI training, you will be learning from world renowned gastroenterologists on how to perform endoscopy.

IU School of Medicine is home to the thought leaders in essentially every niche of gastroenterology and hepatology — from modeling drug-induced liver injury recovery to refining large colon polyp resection technique to predicting who gets post-ERCP pancreatitis. Want to clarify something you read in the guidelines? Just look around — many of our faculty write those guidelines.

When you come to IU, you are not only gaining expert training in GI — you are also gaining an incredibly supportive community. One moment you are guided through a challenging colonoscopy, the next you are discussing the Mandalorian. After a busy day of consults, you might be headed to join in one of our monthly foodie events with your co-fellows and faculty. On a different night, it might be to join for our latest Women in GI outing. No matter what your career goals or stage in life, you will find mentorship and friendship in our faculty. Equally importantly, you will quickly gain 15 new friends in your co-fellows who will be there to support you throughout your training — not just to talk about difficult cases or making it through those tough calls, but also to share day-to-day experiences and celebrate those important life milestones.

If you come to IU School of Medicine, you will not just graduate with the confidence to practice gastroenterology for your career, but you'll have gained a network of mentors and friends to help you for the rest of your life.

Good luck and we wish you all the best,

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Ben Byriel, DO

Nova Southeastern College Of Osteopathic Medicine

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Day in the Life of a Gastroenterology Fellow

Follow along as Chelsea Jacobs, DO, and Feenalie Patel, MD take you through a day in a life as an IU Gastro fellow.

Group of IU Gastro fellows and faculty out at dinner for Foodie Friday.
IU Gastro Fellows gathered at Penn and Beech for a group photo.

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