The goal of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Gastroenterology Fellowship Program is to provide excellent clinical and research training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The program is structured to provide the most balanced and comprehensive training to prepare graduating fellows for success in any chosen career path. Graduating fellows will meet the requirements to obtain subspecialty certification in Gastroenterology as outlined by the American Board of Internal Medicine. We typically accept four new fellows each year for training.
Within the three years spent at MUSC, fellows will have a wide range of exposure to patients, seen at our tertiary care center as well as the onsite Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. The curriculum is designed to offer both inpatient and outpatient training in all aspects of Gastroenterology, including general luminal GI, hepatology, biliary-pancreatic consult, inflammatory bowel disease and esophageal motility diseases. Endoscopic exposure occurs through all these rotations with months dedicated to refining endoscopic skills throughout fellowship. Additionally, in the final year, there is an opportunity to offer specialized training in a certain niche to allow each fellow to carve their own individual career path. Weekly continuity clinics allow fellows to establish longitudinal relationship with patients both at MUSC and our VA Medical Center.
Education and research are other areas of focus for the fellowship. Fellows are actively involved in the teaching of medical students and residents throughout their fellowship, with formal training in education and leadership available through MUSC. Protected research time is provided each year with extensive mentorship available. Fellows are encouraged to develop research projects and funding is available to present research at regional and national meetings. Opportunities are available for advanced training in research methods, including a Master of Science in Clinical Research Program (MSCR).
As South Carolina’s only comprehensive academic health center, MUSC has grown into one of the nation’s top academic health science centers, with a 700-bed medical center (MUSC Health) and six colleges. Its campus is located on more than 80 acres in the city of Charleston, with an overall population of about 13,000 clinicians, faculty, staff, and students. Nearly 3,000 students in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy) study for degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, doctoral, and other professional levels. The University also provides residency training for more than 700 graduate health professionals. The teaching staff is comprised of more than 1,700 full and part-time faculty. MUSC is a tertiary facility providing a high level of care in all aspects of medicine where renal, bone marrow, cardiac, and liver transplantation programs are ongoing. For more information, visit the MUSC website.
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, opened in 1966, is a tertiary care facility serving over 67,000 Veterans. Charleston VAMC is a 152 authorized bed tertiary care teaching hospital dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care and services to Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. For more information, visit the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center website.
MUSC is located in Charleston, SC, which is consistently recognized as one of the best cities in the nation and world. For more information, visit the Charleston Area Visitors Bureau website.
Updated by: Clayton Spiceland and Pooja Elias (June 2018)
Not much, but she got cirrhosis anyway due to a different cause. MUSC is running multiple studies designed to fight chronic liver disease.