Fellowship

The UNM Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program provides education and mentorship in both clinical practice and research. Read moreApplications are accepted only through the"Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Department of Internal Medicine
MSC10-5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-4961
Appointments: (505) 272-2530

Fellowship Program Provides Education and Mentorship

Welcome to the UNM Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Michael Gavin


Michael W. Gavin, MD

GI Fellowship Program Director
Assistant Professor of
Medicine, DoIM

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program at University of New Mexico provides fellows with an extensive education and mentorship in both clinical and research gastroenterology and hepatology. During the three-year program, fellows participate actively in clinical practice as well as in the research process, as they are presented with and exposed to a broad spectrum of GI and liver diseases throughout their service in the consult services at the University Hospital, the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center (Albuquerque VA Hospital), and the Sandoval Regional Medical Center. Additionally, those particularly interested in research may, upon approval, participate in a research track of fellowship, which provides eighteen months of protected research time. All fellows are provided a monetary publication benefit for published research, which is placed in an educational fund and can be used to pay for travel to conferences, training fees, academic journal subscriptions, among other educational-related purchases.

Fellows take part in specialty clinics for liver disease and participate in pre- and post-transplant management and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and hepatitis C. All clinical work is supervised by faculty who are board certified in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. These clinics allow fellows a concentrated experience and exposure to these patient populations overseen by clinical faculty with wide-ranging experience in these areas.

During the course of the program, fellows have in-depth experience with basic endoscopic procedures, including treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding and routine outpatient screening procedures. Furthermore, interested third-year fellows who demonstrate competence in basic endoscopy may be able to pursue specialized training in ERCP. Didactic teaching conferences on Thursday afternoons provide fellows a broad exposure to all aspects of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, including pathophysiology, epidemiology, socioeconomics, ongoing research, and quality improvement. Furthermore, guest lectures by experts in all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology are provided on a regular basis. Other conferences include a combined Radiology/Surgery/GI conference, Pancreaticobiliary Disease conference, and Heaptocellular Carcinoma conference.

Fellows take call from home on average once every twelve days over the three years. Fellows’ call is supervised by a board-certified gastroenterologist, and attending physicians are present for all procedures.

The fellowship program is the core of our Division. Through input and guidance from our fellows, we are constantly striving to improve our program and provide our fellows with the best training experience possible.

Apply to the UNM Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Facts and Figures

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Training Program at the UNM Health Sciences Center’s School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and meets the requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Available Positions Starting in 2016

  • Four clinical track positions with a minimum or 6 months of research throughout the 3-year fellowship
  • Upon approval, one of these four positions can be transitioned into a research track position, which allows 18 months of research throughout the 3-year fellowship.
  • One fourth-year position dedicated to endoscopic ultrasound and GI oncology

Board Pass Rates

Our graduates continue to have an outstanding pass rate of 100% for the ABIM certifying exam.

The program only accepts applications through ERAS. Applicants need to complete their applications and start applying in July 2016. Interviews will be conducted in September.

Special Requirements

  • Applicants must have three years of accredited postgraduate education in Internal Medicine.
  • Although there is no set cut-off score, applicants should score at least in the mid-80 percentile on USMLE Step I and II to be competitive with our usual applicant pool.
  • International medical graduates must be US citizens, be permanent residents, or be eligible for J-1 visas. Our institution does not sponsor H-1 visas.
  • All applicants must apply through ERAS.

Materials Required

  • ERAS Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • USMLE scores (and ECFMG when applicable
  • Internal Medicine Program Director’s letter
  • Three additional letters of reference
  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
  • Photograph

For questions about this program, please contact the (Fellowship Coordinator) Med Educ Prog Asst  AnCook@salud.unm.edu or (505)272-4961.

National Conferences

Digestive Disease Week: All second- and third-year fellows are freed of clinical duties if they elect to attend DDW. Additionally, any fellow who submits an abstract is rewarded $250 for each abstract submitted and an additional $500 for each oral presentation accepted. Those who submit case report or scientific posters are rewarded $250 for each accepted poster. Any monies that have been rewarded are placed into an educational account that can be used for educational-related purchases, including travel to conferences.

Fellows on a river rafting trip

The fellows in a serious, reflective moment

UNM and VA Conferences

Our program offers a number of conferences designed to provide additional opportunities for the fellows and faculty to participate in our dynamic educational setting. Listed below are a few examples:

Thursday Gastroenterology Division Conference

Each Thursday afternoon is protected educational time for the fellows. During that time, the Thursday GI Division Conference is held at University Hospital, attended by fellows and faculty based at the SRMC, University, and VA hospitals. Presentations include a core curriculum program presented by the fellows in turn, in-house and guest faculty didactic lectures, clinical case conferences, a journal club, pathology conference, evidence-based board review, research presentations, and QI discussions.

Advanced Interventional Endoscopy Conference (Pancreaticobiliary Disease Conference)

Once a month UNMH and VA-based interventional endoscopists, GI fellows and faculty, surgeons, and interventional radiologists meet to discuss interesting and challenging cases.

Hepatocellular Carcinoma Conference

Also occurring once a month, this conference is facilitated by faculty specializing in hepatology, interventional radiology, pathology, surgical oncology, and oncology to discuss management of patients with hepatoma.

GI/Radiology/Surgery Conference

At both the VA and UNMH, physicians from the Radiology and Surgery departments join the GI faculty and fellows in discussing cases provided by the first-year fellow on the Inpatient rotation.

Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship

Endoscopy suite at UNM Hospital

The Endoscopy Suite at UNM Hospital

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Gastroenterology Division, is seeking applicants for a fourth-year fellowship dedicated to Endoscopic Ultrasound and GI Oncology beginning July 1, 2016.

Applicants are required to complete a formal three year ACGME-accredited gastroenterology fellowship.

The qualified fellow will have the opportunity to perform more than 500 EUS procedures with FNA & FNI, along with participation in advanced ERCP techniques, including intraductal ultrasound, Cholangioscopy, laser lithotripsy, confocal endomicroscopy along with endoscopic mucosal resection, and luminal stenting.

Besides clinical training, the chosen fellow is also expected to pursue scholastic activities, including participation in multidisciplinary conferences and research projects related to endoscopic techniques and outcomes. The fellowship includes a very highly competitive salary.

Please send a CV along with three letters of references to Sharon Castillo, MSC10 5550, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 87131; or scastillo@salud.unm.edu.

Current Fellows

Program Year III

Daniel Castresana

Daniel
Castresana, MD

Amirkaveh Mojtahed

Amirkaveh
Mojtahed, MD

Nina Nandy

Nina
Nandy, MD

Thomas Queen

Thomas
Queen, MD

Program Year II

Marjan Hovaida

Marjan
Hovaida, MD

Sarah Lee

Sarah
Lee, MD

Aly Mohamed

Aly
Mohamed, MD

Mohammed Muqeet-Adnan

Mohammed
Muqeet-Adnan, MD

Didi Mwengela

Didi
Mwengela, MD

Program Year I

Alexanian

David
Alexanian, MD

Atkinson

Christopher
Atkinson, MD

Birg

Aleksandr
Birg, MD

Gremida

Anas
Gremida, MD

Okwara

Chinemerem John
Okwara, MD

Rotations and Call Schedule

Clinical Track  (30 months clinical, 6 months research)

First Year

  • UNMH general GI inpatient consult service (3 months)
  • VA general GI inpatient consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (2-3 months)
  • UNMH outpatient clinics (Liver, IBD, Hepatitis C, General GI) with morning outpatient endoscopy (2-3 months)
  • VA outpatient clinics (Liver, General GI, Hepatitis C) with morning outpatient endoscopy (2-3 months)
  • Research (1 month)

Call Schedule

Weekend Call: 13 weekends during 3 years of fellowship.

Weeknight Home Call: Fellows are Q12 and split weeknights equally.

Weekend and weeknight call is shared equally between the clinical track and research fellows during all three years of fellowship.

  • First Year: 7 weekends
  • Second Year: 5 weekends
  • Third Year: 1 weekend

Second Year

  • UNMH Inpatient consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (3 months)
  • VA inpatient consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (3 months)
  • Research ( 2 months)
  • UNMH outpatient clinics (Liver, IBD, Hepatitis C, General GI) with morning outpatient endoscopy( 3 months)
  • SRMC morning outpatient endoscopy with afternoon outpatient clinic (1 month)

Third Year

  • UNMH Inpatient biliary consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (3 months)
  • VA inpatient biliary consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (3 months)
  • Research (3 months)
  • SRMC morning outpatient endoscopy with afternoon outpatient clinic (3 months)

Note: A continuity clinic experience is maintained during all rotations throughout fellowship.

Research Track (18 months clinical, 18 months research)

First Year

  • UNMH general GI inpatient consult service (3 months)
  • VA general GI inpatient consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (3 months)
  • UNMH outpatient clinics (Liver, IBD, Hepatitis C, General GI) with morning outpatient endoscopy (3 months)
  • VA outpatient clinics (Liver, General GI, Hepatitis C) with morning outpatient endoscopy (3 months)
Fellows on a river rafting trip

Graduation 2016

Second Year

  • Research (12 months)

Third Year

  • UNMH Inpatient biliary consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (3 months)
  • VA inpatient biliary consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (3 months)
  • Research (6 months)
Note: A continuity clinic experience is maintained during all rotations throughout fellowship.

Vacation and Leave for Gastroenterology Fellows

Annual Leave (Vacation): Annual leave provides fellows with time for rest and restoration for an extended period in order to return to residency with renewed vitality. All Houseofficers receive 21 days of annual leave, based on a 5-day work week, consisting of 15 weekdays and 6 weekend days during the academic year.

Faculty and Fellows

Faculty and Fellows out for the evening.

Educational Leave (Conferences): Educational activities including but not limited to presenting papers, taking state and national examinations, or attending educational seminars may be allowed with pay. All fellows receive 5 education days per academic year.

Professional Leave: Professional leave is available to Houseofficers for the purpose of interviewing for employment, residency, or a fellowship. Five days of such leave are allowed during the course of a fellowship program.

Sick Leave: All fellows receive 21 days of paid sick leave annually (which will be based on a 5-day work week, consisting of 15 week days and 6 weekend days).