Academic Conferences

Gastroenterology Fellowship
University of Florida gastroenterology fellows discuss cases with a faculty gastroenterologist.

Fellows attend a number of conferences both within the division of gastroenterology and the department of medicine.

  • Internal medicine grand rounds: This conference meets weekly and is the only conference in which all of the internal medicine residents, subspecialty fellows and department of medicine faculty attend. Local, national and internationally recognized faculty members are invited to address the department of medicine. The subjects are varied and the invited speakers are chosen from a variety of disciplines. Following the grand round presentations, the speaker will often interact with resident physicians or subspecialty fellows in a lecture format or on rounds. The division of gastroenterology is expected to have faculty members give at least one grand round presentation annually.
  • Basic science/core curriculum lectures: This conference meets weekly. Fellows and faculty members of the division of gastroenterology present didactic lectures reviewing major topics important in gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship training.
  • Gastroenterology grand rounds: This conference meets weekly. Fellows are expected to give a presentation on a topic from the core didactic curriculum.
  • IBD Conference: This conference meets monthly and includes faculty members from Surgery, Pathology, and Radiology. Fellows and faculty discuss IBD, including Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis, non-specific or indeterminate colitis, fulminant colitis, and inflammatory diseases of the hepatobiliary tract.
  • Tumor Board: This conference meets monthly. Multiple specialties discuss cancer cases and share knowledge. The board's goal is to determine the best possible cancer treatment and care plan for an individual patient.
  • Journal club: This conference meets bi-monthly. Two fellows and one faculty member are required to select a manuscript from an approved, peer-reviewed journal for presentation and discussion. Each presenter reviews one article at the conference. The presenter is expected to discuss the findings providing a critical review of the study design and application for clinical practice (if appropriate).
  • Pathology conferences: This conference meets monthly. Fellows and faculty members of the division of gastroenterology and department of pathology review and discuss the cases of individuals who have specimens for review. There are also reviews of normal specimens and teaching sets provided by the department of pathology. Fellows are expected to discuss the case and provide a review of the pertinent literature.
  • Quality improvement/morbidity and mortality conferences: This conference meets quarterly. Fellows and faculty present difficult management cases, complemented by pertinent literature. Systems and judgment errors are reviewed in a constructive fashion in an effort to continually improve clinical decision-making. Plans are developed to implement new procedures and policies to avoid similar errors/complications in the future. Individual judgment errors are addressed as necessary by the faculty and program director of gastroenterology fellowship.
  • Research conferences: This conference meets quarterly. The conference reviews research concepts, protocol design and statistical review. Fellows and faculty members are also responsible for presenting updates on on-going research, presentations and publications. These research projects are critically appraised by participants in the conference.
  • Additional conferences
  • Society and educational meetings

All fellows have the opportunity to attend a minimum of one approved conference annually. The conference can be a national society meeting or educational course approved by the program director. In addition, the fellow may also attend conferences in which they are presenting research.

Examples of society meetings in which GI fellows have participated include:

Examples of educational meetings in which GI fellows have participated include:

  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Postgraduate Course
  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Educational Symposiums
  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Review Course
  • American Society of Gastroenterology Endoscopy (ASGE) First Year Fellows Endoscopy Course

An outstanding medical school library, internet/literature search access, courses and seminars in statistics and public health courses are also available.