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Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

EDUCATION AND TRAINING



OTHER ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS

Medical Pancreatology Fellowship Program Director:
Dhiraj Yadav, MD, MPH
(412) 864-7071
yadavd@upmc.edu


Fellowship Coordinator:

Kim Luketic
(412) 864-7071
kil6@pitt.edu

 


Advanced Fellowships

MEDICAL PANCREATOLOGY ADVANCED FELLOWSHIP

The Medical Pancreatology Fellowship is an advanced training program designed for candidates who have completed their Gastroenterology Fellowship and are interested in an academic career in Medical Pancreatology.  The program will provide a rich experience in clinical pancreatology as well as opportunities for clinical and translational research.  In addition to a structured curriculum, the training will be individualized to meet the interests and career goals of the candidate.  One advanced medical pancreatology fellow may be accepted per year, and this training period is one to two years, depending on the interests of the candidate.

Most advanced training programs in pancreas medicine focus on therapeutic endoscopy. Didactic and cognitive training in clinical pancreatology is a relatively new addition to advanced gastroenterology training programs.  The burden of pancreatic disease and diabetes is increasing, yet very little is known about exocrine pancreas involvement in diabetic patients.  Therefore, clinicians and researchers with pancreas-specific focus areas are needed.  Moreover, treatment trials for pancreatitis treatment and/or prevention are on the horizon. Medical pancreatologists who are well trained in the clinical and research aspects of pancreatitis will be integral to future prospective trials.

The importance of clinical and translational research in chronic pancreatitis has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health.  In fact, the NIH has created a Clinical Consortium for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer.  This consortium includes ten clinical centers and a data management center.  A steady pipeline of well-trained medical pancreatologists is needed to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in this NIH consortium and to address critical patient needs.