Fellowship Training

Our three-year fellowship program provides strong clinical and research training in gastroenterology and hepatology. The first 18-24 months are on general luminal, biliary-pancreatic and liver services. The remaining months are used for more specialized training, tailored to an individual fellow's needs, aptitudes and wishes.

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Short-Term Attachments

We welcome interested visitors as "observers" for periods of one week to a maximum of one year. Visitors must have successfully completed a certified G.I. program/fellowship. Be aware that there we can not offer hands-on clinical activity outside the standard fellowship and advanced fellowship programs.

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Our Commitment

Professional development is a core function of the MUSC Digestive Disease Center, with emphasis placed on the number of actual cases performed under the guidance of our dedicated faculty members. We are committed to, and take immense pride in, developing competent specialists whom are able to create their own centers of learning around the country.

Advanced Endoscopy Training

We offer one-year programs for advanced training, focusing on highly technical procedures such as EUS and ERCP. We have recently enhanced one of our 4th-year training positions to provide both EUS and ERCP training, as well as exposure to other advanced procedures.

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Advanced Endoscopy Travel Fellowships

Funds are currently available to support a limited number of travel Fellowships intended for post-graduate gastroenter­ologists from any country to spend two weeks observing at the Medical University of South Carolina's Digestive Disease Center.

Grants of $4000 will be awarded to overseas fellows, and $2500 to US fellows.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed twice annually. Deadlines for applications are April 1st and September 1st each year.

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News Items

MUSC Physician Wins Distinguished Educator Award

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Dr. Brenda J. Hoffman

MUSC’s Dr. Brenda J. Hoffman, was the recipient of the 2017 ASGE Distinguished Educator Award presented at this years’ Digestive Disease Week conference held from May 6-9 in Chicago, Illinois.

According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), this award recognizes the contributions of physician educators and their involvement with trainee education, development, or participation in endoscopy seminars or national postgraduate courses, published scholarly reviews, or published educational materials, including videos.

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Group photo at DDW 2017 with
Dr. Brenda Hoffman front-and-center.

"I am very much honored to [have received] this award," Dr. Hoffman stated. "The most important part of my career has been the training of gastroenterology fellows. I enjoy seeing their development over time, and it makes me extremely happy to see them succeed. This award is a validation that I spent my career well."

Dr. Hoffman, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Digestive Health Integrated Center of Clinical Excellence at MUSC, has clinical interests in endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic submucosal dissection, endoscopic mucosal resection, ablative therapy for Barrett's esophagus, and capsule endoscopy. Her clinical research interests are in endoscopic intervention and prevention and control.

GI/Hep Update Conference a Huge Success

The Third Annual Update in Gastroenterology and Hepatology conference was held at MUSC on Saturday, September 24th, 2016. The program was developed by Dr. Peter Cotton and colleagues in the MUSC Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, in collaboration with the South Carolina Gastroenterological Association, headed by Drs. Gordon France and Brian Green, and sanctioned by the MUSC CME office.

Over 120 delegates attended from the region and beyond to hear ten presentations on many aspects in the field, and participated in breakout discussions. There were three named lectures. Dr. John Cunningham gave the Don Wilson lecture (attended by Minda Wilson); Dr. Sunanda Kane gave the Clarence Legerton lecture (attended by Dr. Chip Legerton); and, Dr. Brian Jacobson gave the SCGA lecture.

The year 2016 marks 50 years since the GI Division was founded by Clarence Legerton, and a brief history was presented along with lists of all previous and existing faculty members and trainees. These will be aggregated into a small booklet and made widely available.

The meeting was supported by exhibitors from twelve pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and organized by Sara Stello (for MUSC) and Shannon Johnson for (SCGA).

The Fourth Annual Update in Gastroenterology and Hepatology conference will take place next year on September 23rd, once again hosted at MUSC.

David B. Adams, MD, Receives Honored Surgeon Award

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Dr. David B. Adams

The South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons presented David B. Adams, MD, FACS with the chapter's Honored Surgeon Award. The award was given during the 2016 South Carolina/North Carolina Chapters of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting.

Read this entire article on the Department of Surgery's website.