The one year non-ACGME fellowship consists of rigorous training in both inpatient and outpatient general and transplant hepatology as well as procedural training in percutaneous liver biopsy and paracentesis. Fellows also participate in weekly lectures, meetings and conferences. The program is well suited for those seeking staff positions in clinical Hepatology and Liver Transplantation as well for those seeking further training in gastroenterology fellowship.
Fellows will have 3 months of dedicated inpatient service on the hepatology/liver transplant primary service. They will supervise the care of patients admitted to the service along with residents that range from decompensated cirrhosis, urgent and non-urgent transplant evaluations and pre and post-transplant care. Fellows also gain experience rounding with Temple’s abdominal organ transplant surgeons on transplant patients. In addition, fellows will be responsible for completing inpatient hepatology consults ranging from transaminitis and decompensated cirrhosis to acute liver failure. Education is also a large component and fellows will be responsible for education of residents and medical students on the service along with the attending physicians.
As the practice of hepatology is primarily in the outpatient setting, fellows receive 9 months of outpatient experience in the hepatology and liver transplant clinic at Temple University Hospital. Evaluation of patients including consults for transaminitis to viral, and autoimmune hepatitis to primary biliary cirrhosis and hemochromatosis will provide excellent experience and education in general hepatology practice. In addition fellows will evaluate and manage pre and post-transplant patients including immunosuppression and chronic medical management.
Fellows receive ample training and experience in ultrasound guided percutaneous liver biopsy and both diagnostic and therapeutic paracentesis during dedicated procedure time. In addition, fellows train and supervise residents while on the inpatient service in performing diagnostic and therapeutic paracentesis.
Presentations & Lectures
In addition to clinical duties fellows participate in a number of presentations, lecture series, meetings and conferences. Fellows are responsible for presenting at weekly liver pathophysiology conferences along with GI Fellows on various topics relating to liver disease about twice per month. You will be responsible for presenting cases at pathology conference on Thursday afternoons with the pathology department prior to reviewing pathology slides. Fellows participate at the weekly transplant listing meeting where they will gain experience in the process of multidisciplinary evaluation of listing patients for transplant and discussing current listed patients. Fellows also attend liver tumor board weekly with the radiology department where you will gain knowledge on the interpretation and assessment of liver masses and malignancies.
Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects with hepatology and gastroenterology faculty. In addition fellows are highly encouraged to undergo research of their own. Funds are available to attend and/or present at regional, national and international conferences.
How to Apply
Applications are outside the traditional ERAS Fellowship match. Applications are accepted after the general fellowship match early in December each year. The best applicants are selected for interviews at the TUH Hepatology department with faculty and current fellow. Interviews are offered to selected applicants typically at the end of January and early February. While there is no application deadline, interviews are offered on a rolling basis and it is highly encouraged to submit all application materials as early as possible to be considered for interview.
Interested applicants should send a copy of their CV and 2 letters of recommendation to the Temple University Department of Hepatology. Preference will be given to recent residency graduates as well as those who have experience training at a liver transplant center. Applicants without ACGME residency training will not be considered.
The fellowship does not sponsor H1B or J1 visas.
- Ahmad Alkaddour, MD
- Hani N. El-Halawany, MD, Gastroenterology Fellowship – University of Missouri-Kansas City (2016)
- Sirish Sanaka, MD, Staff Hepatologist – Rutgers University Medical Center, Gastroenterology Fellowship – East Carolina University (2016)
- Randhir Jesudoss, MD, Gastroenterologist – University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine