Message from the Program Director
We are delighted at your inquiry regarding the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Applications to our program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service. We will contact you when we need the references. Let me give you a brief overview of GI training at UAMS.
We offer a three-year fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology. The clinical program is conducted at two adjacent hospitals connected by a bridge: the UAMS Medical Center and the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital. These institutions, with a total of nearly 1,000 beds, provide a fascinating array of clinical experiences.
Referrals come from throughout Arkansas and nearby states. Our primary focus is the training of a complete clinical gastroenterologist. Although we recognize the importance of endoscopic procedures, in this program we stress the cognitive aspects of gastroenterology. This includes an emphasis on the following:
- Teaching Rounds
- Journal Club
- GI/Liver Curriculum Conference
- GI/Liver Pathology Conference
- Liver Transplant Conference
- Joint GI/Surgery/Radiology/Oncology Conference
Graduates of our program perform many more procedures than endoscopic societies require for minimal competence. As an academic medical center, we are involved in the most innovative aspects of gastrointestinal procedures, including advanced therapeutic biliary and pancreatic duct endoscopy, 24-hour esophageal pH monitoring, endoscopic ultrasonograpy, capsule endoscopy, a GI Motility Laboratory and others.
Overall, the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program at UAMS provides excellent training in an environment that is highly productive and tremendously fun for our fellows and faculty. Moreover, Little Rock is a lovely community with excellent gastronomical, cultural and sports opportunities. Thank you for your interest in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Matthew Deneke, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
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