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University of California at Los Angeles

This is a one-year fellowship program designed to provide an in-depth training in gastrointestinal (GI), liver and pancreaticobiliary pathology in the tradition of Dr. Klaus Lewin. The importance of clinicopathological interaction for optimal diagnostic interpretation is stressed. The program historically has had a well-defined core of responsibilities outlined for fellows and has also allowed considerable flexibility for fellows to develop clinical and academic skills important for their career. The program faculty consists of a group of surgical pathologists with extensive subspecialty expertise.
The GI pathology service handles over 10,000 cases per year. The liver and pancreaticobiliary pathology training is fortified by the exposure to hundreds of liver transplants, a wide variety of non-transplant related liver diseases and a large volume of pancreaticobiliary biopsies and resections; and by the close interaction with hepatologists, endoscopists, transplant surgeons, pancreaticobiliary surgeons, and radiologists. Pediatric and adult diseases in both neoplastic and non-neoplastic pathology are represented. Fellows are well-supervised with graded responsibility, which includes “junior attending” status as the goal. Signing-out privileges will be granted during the second half of fellowship year if fellows have demonstrated diagnostic excellence.
Fellows are required to organize, present and attend weekly and monthly conferences dedicated to GI, liver and pancreaticobiliary diseases with extensive clinical contact. There is also a variety of local educational conferences available. The program flexibility allows for research and teaching activities, or if desired, broader clinical experience by fellows. There is an academic fund for fellows to attend national meetings or for educational materials. Fellows are encouraged to present their research at national meetings.

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