ACGME Fellowship Program - Conferences

The Section of Gastroenterology/Nutrition offers a number of conferences to enhance the fellow’s education.

Basic Science for GI Fellows

1st Monday each month, 12:00-1:00 pm (GI Clinic) DCAM 6204

This conference, directed by Dr. Clara Abraham, includes teaching the GI fellow the basics of basic science by basic science faculty members to aid in understanding the research currently occurring at the University of Chicago and stimulate fellows’ interest in translational research. Starting in October 2006.


Journal Club

2nd Monday each month, 12:00-1:00 pm (GI Clinic) DCAM 6204

This conference is designed to share important recent publications with the GI fellows while reviewing the elements of study design utilizing standard critical appraisal techniques. Each fellow will be assigned one session, with mentorship and direction available from Dr. Russell Cohen. Lunch will usually be provided.
Recommendations for this conference:

  1. Choose two to three recent articles from reputable, peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Copy the articles and distribute them to each of the fellows, at least one week in advance (If possible, provide hypertext links to the article).
  3. Presentations are generally done with just a brief review of the topic then 15-20 minute review and analysis of each article. The remaining time is devoted to group discussion. *Refer to the JAMA articles on critical appraisal of the medical literature in order to prepare appropriate reviews (you should not just summarize the articles).


GI Radiology Conference

3rd Monday each month, 12:00-1:00 (GI Clinic) DCAM 6204

This is an informal conference, with fellow participation, aided by faculty from the Department of Radiology. The conference will consist of GI fluoroscopic and computed tomographic (CT) images. It focuses on the interpretation of gastrointestinal and hepatic radiographic findings. Fellows are encouraged to submit interesting cases for review.


Endoscopy Conference

4th Monday each month, 12:00-1:00 (GI Clinic) DCAM 6204

Endoscopy conference, directed by Dr. Dye, centering on interesting endoscopy cases. Two-three interesting cases should be provided by the consult fellows for the month. Preference should be given to those cases which are interventional in nature (biliary, pancreatic, or difficult gastrointestinal bleeding).


Medicine Grand Rounds

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 (Billings) P117

Internal Medicine departmental grand rounds.


GI Fellows Pathology Conference – Pathology for Dummies

Wednesdays prior to IBD Pathology Conference, 12:30-1:00 pm S644

This course is intended to provide the fellows with a basic overview in gastrointestinal pathology. It will focus on the basics of GI pathology in an informal but systematic fashion. The course will be lead by the GI pathologists (Dr. John Hart) and/or GI pathology fellow.


GI Pathology Conferences

Liver, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30PM S644
BD, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00PM S644

Weekly alternating conferences that involves meeting with our GI pathologists (Dr. Hart and Dr. Turner) and reviewing selected cases from the respective sections. The surgeons, nurses and other ancillary staff often join us.
** The fellow on the respective service (Liver or IBD) will forward a list to the appropriate administrator (for Liver, Louise Segal in Dr. Te’s office, and for IBD, admin staff on 6th floor-S Hallway) on the Monday before the scheduled conference. IBD cases can be obtained by reviewing endoscopy reports in the endoscopy suite physician workroom (please include all of Dr. Cohen’s cases). Liver cases are usually inpatients or interesting outpatients identified by the ambulatory hepatology fellow. The IBD/Liver fellow will lead through cases with concise patient summaries.


Liver Radiology Conference

Wednesday, 3:30 Q207

This is a weekly casual radiology conference for the liver fellow and service. Frequently, the surgeons, nurses, and other ancillary staff will join to review any interesting cases from clinic and the inpatient service. Submit any interesting cases to review with the radiologist and staff.


Research Conference

Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm M422

Research conference consists of either one of the GI section’s members or a visiting professor discussing his/her current research. It is frequently a basic science theme, although interspersed with clinical presentations from the faculty and fellows. Our attendance is strongly encouraged. Plan to get there early if you want lunch or even a seat.


Liver Transplant Conference

Thursday, 3:30-4:30 M422

Weekly, the liver attendings, transplant surgeons, nurses, and ancillary staff convene to review any inpatients on the transplant list, inpatients being worked up for transplant, or inpatients status post transplant in the hospital. They will also discuss any outpatients on the transplant list that have active issues. As the liver fellow, be prepared to succinctly present any of your service patients that fall into the above categories.


GI Clinical Conference

Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm M422

A case-based learning session during which two, 20-minute cases are presented on a rotating basis by GI faculty, fellows, and visiting section attendings (pediatrics, radiology, surgery). As a fellow, you will be assigned a topic (rotation) from which to present. These topics are not set in stone – they are only there to guide you. All conference presentations should be reviewed with the attending with whom you saw the case. Standard presentations should involve 5-7 minutes of case information, 10-15 minutes of pertinent literature review, with the remaining time for discussion and debate. Pointers for this conference:

  1. Keep the literature review focused on the specific problem, and resist the urge to review more general issues
  2. Review your presentation with your faculty member before the conference
  3. Don’t be derailed by the active discussion which invariably develops
  4. PowerPoint presentations are encouraged
  5. Include radiographic, endoscopic, & pathology images when pertinent


GI Board Review

Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm (GI Clinic) DCAM 6204

This is a conference designed to review basic concepts in GI and begin preparations for the Board Exam. Each presenter will be assigned 1 session per year, which will include a 30-45 minute selected topic review via powerpoint. Leave some time for discussion as questions are invariably asked. Some presenters do include board review type questions at the end of the conference to review the important points. The fellow sessions will be interspersed by periodic attending didactic lectures on areas of their expertise.