Program at a Glance

The GI section is located in the College of Medicine Building (built in September 2016).  The New pic of NEW COMsection currently has 10 full-time faculty and 2 part-time faculty to provide the educational support for 8-9 trainees.  Volunteer clinical faculty participate in our educational conferences. The section’s research activities involve gastrointestinal stem cells (especially their involvement in cancer development, prevention, and therapy), study of Barrett's esophagus, study of pancreatic cancer, colon cancer screening, novel viral hepatitis therapies, clinical outcomes of endoscopic ultrasound, and inflammatory bowel disease.

We have two faculty members that due to their interest in GI oncology have included novel endoscopic therapies into their practice, including endoscopic mucosal resection and radiofrequency ablation procedures, to remove early cancerous and precancerous lesions from the lining of the digestive tract with endoscopic instruments.  Currently, we are the major center in the state for endoscopic ultrasound and ERCP. 
These specialized endoscopic interventions have made the University of Oklahoma the most premier digestive care facility in the state.

The thirty-six mNew pic of OUMConth fellowship will be structured so that approximately thirty months will be devoted to clinical activities and at least six months to research and scholarly activity.
   The ultimate goal of this training experience is to have individuals leave our program who are skilled and respected gastroenterology consultants.  Trainees receive their training experience at OU Medical Center and the Oklahoma City VA Hospital.

Organization of the fellowship is purposefully flexible in order to meet the needs and interests of the fellow.  One of our fellows participated in a two year graduate program that resulted in a Master of Translational Research during his fellowship.   As our fellows progress through training they develop interests in certain specialties within gastroenterology (e.g., liver disease, advanced endoscopy, IBD), and the flexibility of the program allows us to foster their skills and interests in these areas. The program is designed to have graduated levels of experience and independence such that first year fellows focus their training on general endoscopic procedures and consultation skills while second and third year fellows have increasing level of exposure to more complex procedures and patients.
 
GI Fellows gain proficiency in upper endoscopy, enteroscopy, colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy and will participate in diagnostic and therapeutic ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound.  The program does not train the fellows to competency in advanced endoscopic procedures and trainees interested in pursuing these techniques in their practice will need an additional year of training. Our program offers the opportunity for various electives in advanced endoscopy, motility, nutrition, endoscopy, and research as formal curriculum.  Additional educational activities within the GI section include; the GI Clinical Conference, weekly case presentations, pathophysiology discussion, biweekly Pathology Conference, IBD Case FilesIMG_20170507_125323 Conference, radiology conferences, Journal Club, and a monthly Research Conference.

GI Fellows may participate in the annual Arkansas Oklahoma Endoscopic Society Meeting, the annual Digestive Disease Week (AGA, AASLD, ASGE), the ​annual ​meetings of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) or the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).


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Oklahoma City is one of the leading health referral centers in the Southwest, thanks to the growth and progress of the Oklahoma Health Center, located on a 200-acre campus with six health-related colleges, four hospitals, and several research facilities. Oklahoma Health Center is the nation's largest independent medical center, employing over 12,000 people.

New pic of downtown OKC2The largest city in the state, Oklahoma City is located at the crossroads of I-35, I-40 and I-44 in the heart of Oklahoma. The second largest city in the continental U.S. based on geographical size, 1.2 million people call the Metro Oklahoma City area home. With more than a dozen communities surrounding it, Oklahoma City offers a diverse landscape of modern, urban culture and charming, old-fashioned neighborhoods for visitors and residents alike.

Oklahoma City is a vital, activity-filled city that enables its residents to enjoy an exceptional quality of life. The mild climate offers year-round sunshine, with four distinct seasons and an average temperature of 60F /15C. There's minimal traffic congestion and little pollution. Oklahoma City boasts an abundance of arts, excellence in education, a variety of recreational opportunities and an ever-broadening cultural landscape.

A billion-dollar renaissance has brought sweeping changes and improvements across nearly every sector of Oklahoma  City. Significant downtown business development has accompanied the renovation of convention, cultural and educational sites. Landmark projects such as the mile-long Bricktown Canal have infused new life and vibrancy into the Southwest's fastest-growing entertainment district. And neighborhood programs citywide have helped restore historic homes and buildings to their original luster.pic of ok

As a city that redefines itself, Oklahoma City's modern, spirited environment blends with its deep western heritage to create a place where culture and commerce thrive. With renowned festivals, national sporting events, treasure-filled museums and a variety of districts highlighting arts and entertainment, the possibilities for adventure and fun in Oklahoma City are endless.

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