Fellows participate in local, regional, and national professional scholarly activity throughout their fellowships. There are research opportunities available in basic science, translational, and clinical research in various areas of GI. Fellows are expected to present at least one abstract at a national or regional meeting or to publish at least one scientific study or case study during their fellowship.
Each fellow is also expected to collaborate with other learners to present an interesting case at the Fellows’ Session of the Mississippi GI Society Meeting held in February of each year, with the best case awarded a monetary prize by the Society. Preparing and presenting at this meeting allows fellows to gain valuable teaching and oratory skills as they describe their cases and clinical pearls in front of a large group of GI physicians from academic and community practices throughout the region.
Fellows also participate in quality improvement projects throughout their fellowship training. These projects may either be different for each year of fellowship or can be a longer project performed over 2-3 years. Fellows submit a project proposal for review in October of the academic year and then submit a final project summary or update in June.
Senior fellows are expected to create the conference schedule and all fellows participate in didactic conferences presented by faculty and fellows throughout the year. The program director also reviews the schedule and incorporates ideas and suggestions from prior year into the schedule. For example, during the 2019-2020 academic year, based on a recommendation from fellows, the schedule was changed so that each month’s conferences are centered around an area of GI – i.e. October is Esophagus month and all lectures, conferences, and Board review sessions focus on esophageal conditions.