The Advanced Fellowship in IBD is an opportunity from the Division of Gastroenterology at St. Paul’s Hospital. St. Paul’s Hospital has become a leading academic center in Canada for the management of patients with IBD as well as clinical research in the area of IBD. As a result, we are ideally suited to provide both the clinical exposure and research foundation necessary for a trainee to prepare for a career with a focus on IBD. The Canadian medical education directives for specialists (CanMEDS) roles as established by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada will be utilized to ensure that this program meets its objectives.
The objectives of the program according to CanMEDS are:
Medical Expert – through both inpatient and outpatient exposure, teaching, conferences, course work and independent study the trainee will gain the knowledge necessary to have an expertise in IBD.
Communicator – the trainee will gain the necessary experience through the program to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and other health care practitioners.
Collaborator – the trainee will have the opportunity to work with other physicians, scientists and healthcare providers in the research, clinic and hospital setting.
Manager – through the office setting the patient will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the running of a successful clinical practice. As well, there will be exposure to working Nurse practitioners and research support staff on various clinical research projects. This will provide experience in managing support staff.
Health Advocate – advocacy for patients with IBD is an essential role for physicians caring for patients with IBD and trainees will have the opportunity to learn about the opportunities for advocacy locally, provincially and nationally.
Scholar – the role of scholar will be achieved through participation in rounds, journal clubs, conferences and teaching of residents, medical students and general gastroenterology trainees.
Professionalism – this role is best achieved by the opportunity to work closely with numerous IBD expert gastroenterologist and the other members of the division of Gastroenterology at St. Paul’s hospital who are excellent role models.
The candidate for this program will have completed Gastroenterology training in an accredited gastroenterology training program. The selection process will include evaluation of the candidates CV, and references. Individual interviews by all members of the selection committee will be required. The successful candidate will have a strong interest in obtaining advanced training in Inflammatory Bowel Disease in preparation for either academic or clinic practice in Gastroenterology. We will be looking for an appropriate candidate who will have the potential to become a world expert in the management of IBD. It is anticipated that the program will provide outpatient clinical exposure and inpatient service to include endoscopy experience at St. Paul’s Hospital. The candidate will be expected to be involved in clinical research.