Welcome to the UNM Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Michael W. Gavin, MD
GI Fellowship Program Director
Assistant Professor of
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.