Gastroenterology / Hepatology Fellowship

Program Overview

Residency Information

The three-year Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellowship Program at the UMKC School of Medicine was established in 1986. There are six fellowship positions, two in each of the three levels.


Fellows receive training in the cognitive aspects of consultative gastroenterology and hepatology, and in a wide range of physiologic, endoscopic, and hepatologic procedures. Opportunities for research also abound, due to a large patient base and strong encouragement from faculty.

Training experiences are supplemented with weekly conferences covering a broad spectrum of topics. Journal club is held monthly. Multidisciplinary conferences are held bi-monthly involving transplant surgery, radiology, hematology/oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, hepatology, and gastroenterology.

Two primary hospitals – University Health Truman Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City – participate in the gastroenterology training program. The hospitals are primary teaching hospitals for the School of Medicine.

  • Year 1: Time is split between University Health Truman Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. 50 to 100 new consults are seen, and more than 200 endoscopies performed monthly. First year fellows become proficient at diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic and hepatologic procedures including upper endoscopy, esophageal dilatation, esophageal band ligation, endoscopic hemostasis, colonoscopy, polypectomy, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, paracentesis, and liver biopsy. Four weeks of research is allotted to initiate both retrospective and prospective research.
  • Years 2-3: Years 2-3: Second- and third-year fellows continue to expand their experience in the basic procedures and also perform esophageal manometry, ambulatory pH testing, and ERCP. Required rotations include pathology, GI-radiology, nutrition, GI-surgery, research, biliary endoscopy, and hepatology/liver transplantation.

A wide range of experiences in the management of liver disease is available at University Health Truman Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Hospital. Participation in the liver transplant program at Saint Luke’s Hospital is included in the Hepatology rotation.


Both laboratory-based and clinical research opportunities are available and strongly encouraged.

It is expected that at least two major research projects will take place during the three years of training. Fellows are expected to present the results of their research at both national and regional meetings.

  • Weekly case based general GI conference
  • Journal Club
  • Transplant Journal Club
  • Multidisciplinary Conference
  • Morbidity and Mortality conference
  • GI / Transplant Grand Rounds


The Gastroenterology Fellowship program selects the best-qualified candidates regardless of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, handicap or age. Candidate applications must be completed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and should include:

  • Letter of recommendation from applicant’s current program director.
  • Recommendation letters from two faculty members.
  • Personal Statement.
  • ECFMG certification, if applicable.
  • Copy of USMLE score.
  • Most current Curriculum Vitae.

Based upon the above criteria, a personal interview may be scheduled. The Gastroenterology Selection Committee makes final selection and ranking of candidates. Criteria utilized by the committee for selection are academic achievement, clinical competence, moral and ethical qualities, compassion, social responsibility, collegiality, and enthusiasm.

Applicant Interviews: September to November