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Academic Curriculum



GI Division Grand Rounds

  • Faculty Grand Rounds: Bi-weekly presentations by faculty members as expert opinion on clinical updates in highly relevant clinical topics and/or showcasing the latest updates in division research.
  • Clinical Case Conference: Case conferences are presented by fellows Tuesday mornings during GI Grand Rounds. These are interactive cases where a faculty member will serve as an expert discussant who reviews current treatment guidelines and best-evidence practices.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conferences: Lead by fellows with interactive discussion with faculty and peers with regards to management and evidence-based practices.

Pathology Conferences

Gastroenterology cases discussed once a week during inpatient rotations at Thorton/Jacobs, while gastroenterology/hepatology cases discussed every other week during inpatient rotation at the VA. During outpatient GI/hepatology rotation, hepatology path conference occurs once a week.

Advances in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Second and third-year fellows are invited to present interesting case discussions during this annual conference held on the UC San Diego School of Medicine campus. National leaders in GI are invited as key speakers each year, providing an excellent opportunity for networking and interacting with expert discussants. The conference is widely attended by local academic and community practitioners. Course director is Dr. Gupta.

Journal Clubs

Grand Rounds – Journal Club: Journal club occurs once a month and led by fellows and faculty on recently published articles in major gastroenterology/hepatology journals. Excellent opportunity to critically review the literature in an open forum with specialized insight from experts in the field.

Hepatology Journal Club: Journal club occurs Tuesday afternoons through a zoom meeting and presenters include hepatology faculty, hepatobiliary transplant surgeons, radiation oncologists, oncologists, and first year fellows. First year fellows are expected to present two articles during their first year.

Curriculum and Didactics

Core Conference Lecture Series

Core conference is a series of lectures covering a comprehensive list of topics relevant to clinical practice and board review that is presented over the academic year. The lectures are led by fellows every Tuesday evening with an assigned faculty mentor. Topics are pre-assigned.

VA Professor Rounds

Organized by Dr. Gobind Anand at the VA, this is an excellent rotating panel of speakers that cover a wide variety of clinical and specialty topics, given as interactive, chalk-talk style lectures. Some sessions are also replaced with high yield case conferences or board review questions.

Value in Quality (VIQ)

Each fellow is expected to conduct a VIQ project during their fellowship and present to the department during grand rounds. This is an opportunity for fellows to learn about system processes and develop tools to improve clinical practice and patient care.