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Mountain Vista Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship

The training program will combine high-quality faculty within a high-technology setting to deliver first class training experiences for fellows, residents and medical students. The training program is organized to allow progressive responsibility in patient care and ensure knowledge and skills related to gastroenterology. Fellows are given the opportunity to learn in multiple settings.

Our Mission

The mission of Mountain Vista Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship program is to transform a well-trained internist into a passionate, ethical clinical gastroenterologist, who will provide the highest standard of care to patients with gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic illnesses. Fellows are proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of all GI illnesses and be the best resource for patients and colleagues.

Program Aims

  1. Train fellows who will be proficient in the required GI cases and procedures, including EsophagoGastroDuodenoscopy, Endoscopy and ERCP as well as liver biopsy and pancreatitis.
  2. Enable fellows to become proficient in the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients, while integrating osteopathic principles and practices as they relate to the specialty.
  3. Ensure that fellows have the necessary requisite skills to successfully pass the certification boards and become successful and competent in the area of Gastroenterology.

Program Director

Tushar Gohel, MD

Scope of Training

Fellows will receive training and performance evaluation for proficiency in the required GI cases and procedures, including EsophagoGastroDuodenoscopy, and Endoscopy as well as liver biopsy and pancreatitis. Fellows are provided with opportunities to learn in multiple settings with focus on continuity of didactic and clinical experiences which will enable fellows to become proficient in the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients, while integrating osteopathic principles and practices as they relate to the specialty. The ultimate goal is to ensure that fellows have the necessary requisite skills to successfully pass the certification boards and become successful and competent in the area of Gastroenterology.

Curriculum

The program curriculum is designed so that fellows and residents will demonstrate competency in each of the following fundamental areas; Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Transplant Medicine, Motility, Nutrition, Hepatology, Oncology, Biliary Tract Disease, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Advanced Endoscopy including; Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Endoscopic Ultrasound.

Rotation Block Schedule

Fellow Year 1# of MonthsFellow Year 2# of MonthsFellow Year 3# of Months
Gastroenterology Out Patient4.5Gastroenterology Out Patient3Gastroenterology In Patient5
Gastroenterology In Patient5.5Gastroenterology In Patient6RES1
RES1RES1Transplant Hepatology2
Transplant/Hepatology1Transplant Hepatology2Advanced Endoscopy0.5
Motility0.5
Inflammatory Bowel Disease0.5
Pediatric Gastroenterology1
Gastroenterology Outpatient1.5

Benefits & Resources

Salary & Benefits

Program2021-2022 SalaryPTO/Wellness Days
PGY4$66,75715/5
PGY5$69,69915/5
PGY6$73,50115/5
Chief$74,00115/5

Education Fund/Allowance

PGY4-6$1250

Uniform Allowance

$80

Insurance Offered

Health InsuranceEmployee Assistance Progam
Dental InsuranceDisability Insurance
Vision InsuranceProfessional Liability Insurance

Paid Dues & Fees

AAM
COMLEX level 3 or USMLE 3
Arizona Medical Board Permits
AGA
ASGE
AASLD

Educational Resources

MWU
24-hour library access with professional librarian
State of the art simulation Center
AMA GME competency-based online modules
CANVAS distance education modules
Well-being Index
Behavioral Health
IRB/Statistician
Scholarly/Research support

Participating Sites

Banner University Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Valleywise Health
Abrazo Central Campus

Ombudsperson

Ombudsperson Resource 

Provides a neutral, independent, safe, and confidential resource for residents and fellows to report evidence of program non-compliance within the clinical learning.

It is important that residents and fellows demonstrate that they have utilized all available internal (program/hospital) options, resources, and mechanisms to assist in resolving any training-related concerns, before filing a complaint, unless there is a valid reason for not doing so.

Internal Resources

  • Chief Resident
  • Program Director/Program Coordinator
  • Director Medical Staff/Graduate Medical Education
  • Director Medical Education/Assistant DIO
  • Resident and Fellow Forum

The Service    

  • A private email mechanism to report concerns
  • Advocates for a fair process of review
  • Opens the lines of communication between residents, fellows, and involved parties, and escalate when appropriate
  • Requests internal inquiries to further explore reported concerns and develop a resolution

What to Expect

  • A primary goal of the Ombudsperson is to maintain confidentiality and protect the identity of all reporting party (s). However, based on the content of information obtained, it may be necessary to disclose certain aspects of the complaint to advocate for a fair process or to identify available resources for a resolution. The reporting party (s) will be notified if identifying information will be shared.
  • Original materials provided by the reporting party (s) will not be shared unless permission is granted.
  • The Ombudsperson will work with Midwestern University Sponsoring Institution – Designated Institutional Official to request an internal inquiry to further explore the concerns raised.
  • Residents can expect confirmation of receipt of their email within 2-business days.
  • Programs are required to collaboratively create an action plan to address any training-related concerns and any issues of non-compliance.
  • The program director will be required to submit an action plan with a resolution within a given timeline. Implementation of all proposed resolutions will be monitored.
  • The resident and/or fellow will be notified of outcomes from program leadership discussion and plans for resolution. 

What is not provided 

  • Any type of professional counseling or therapeutic services
  • Legal advice or involvement in legal issues
  • Involvement in resident/fellow’s performance outcomes, specifically, semi-annual evaluations, post-rotation evaluation, performance improvement plans or remediation plans
  • Judgments in ongoing disputes with residents, fellows, faculty and or hospital administration 

How to submit email communication

  • Resident/Fellow (s) name, program name and contact information of the reporting party (s)
    Anonymous emails are accepted, but the ability to respond and create dialogue is essential in this process. Residents/fellows who submit an anonymous email may still be contacted for additional information.
  • Incomplete or insufficient information may result in a delay of action or inability to adequately establish resolution of the concern. Submit a detailed summary of the issue(s).
  • Describe the steps already taken towards a resolution and list internal resources used.
    Submissions will be returned if it does not contain this information, or if the resident has not utilized all available internal(program/hospital) options, resources, and mechanisms to assist in resolving the concern.  In the case that there is a valid reason for not utilizing internal resources, the rationale must be explained in detail.
  • Submit email to: ombudsperson@midwestern.edu

Kate Jansen, PhD, Consultant Behavioral Health, Midwestern University, GME Consortium

Note: Resident/Fellows may seek to use the current Midwestern University GME Consortium Grievance Policy process based on policy guidelines and specific concerns.

Report your concerns

Ombudsperson

Future Fellows

MVMC Gastroenterology offers two fellowship positions each year. Applicants must  have completed an internal medicine program in an ACGME-accredited residency program, an AOA-approved residency program, a
program with ACGME International (ACGME-I) Advanced Specialty
Accreditation, or a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of
Canada (CFPC)-accredited residency program located in Canada.

The academic year begins July 1st.

The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the end of October the year preceding the program start date.

You must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

  1. Visit the ERAS website.
    1. ERAS application
    2. Personal statement
    3. Three letters of recommendation
    4. MSPE
    5. Medical school transcripts
    6. Curriculum Vitae
    7. Residency Completion certificate
    8. Residency Final Summative letter
    9. Comlex I, Comlex II and Comlex III (or)
    10. USMLE 1, USMLE 2 and USMLE 3
    11. Verification of Residency
    12. Milestone Profile
    13. Photograph
  2. Appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). You must register through the NRMP website in addition to applying through ERAS.
  3. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted from mid-December to mid-January each year.

If your Comlex or USMLE scores as listed above are not available at the time of ranking, you will not be eligible to be ranked with the NRMP.

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