Advanced IBD Fellowship


The Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University is a one year position which will provide the applicant with focused training in clinical care and clinical research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. There will also be some opportunities for training in clinical nutrition. The intent of the Fellowship is to position the trainee for a future fulltime academic appointment by providing the skills necessary to obtain a university faculty position if desired. It would also be useful for a general or community practice position with a strong interest in the clinical care of IBD patients. Applications are not restricted by citizenship or nationality - Canadian, US, UK, Australian and other International Applicants welcome. Applications can be made at any time of the year and are subject to funding.


Specialist clinical care for IBD is provided in IBD clinics at University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Joseph’s Health Care London. London has a history of excellence in the medical and surgical care of IBD patients and is internationally recognized in IBD clinical research. Patients are managed in a multidisciplinary team with IBD-focused gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, specialist nurses, enterostomal therapists and dieticians. It is a major referral center for complex IBD patients, with a large geographic referral base.

Training and Education

Training and education activities will be adapted to the individual. Most of the year will be spent with supervised and, where appropriate, independent clinical responsibilities. The ratio of clinical time to research time will be developed based on the objectives of the successful applicant, interest and prior experience. Education in patient care relating to IBD will occur through one-to-one interaction with expert IBD clinicians, leading to confidence in all aspects of the clinical care of patients with IBD. Training will primarily be based in outpatient clinics and trainees will be expected to attend 3-5 half day outpatient clinics and 1 half day endoscopy blocks per week.  Advanced Fellows may participate in the care of in-patients on the IBD service and interact closely with the surgical service. Clinical training will be balanced with research requirements. Advanced Fellows will participate actively in the weekly Multi-Disciplinary IBD rounds (combined gastroenterology, surgery, pathology and radiology) and are expected to present a case weekly.

Research Activities

During the Fellowship the successful applicant will be expected to carry out one or more clinical research project(s) relating to IBD, with the goal of a national/international presentation and publication in a peer reviewed journal. The project will be determined by interests and opportunity. Where appropriate training can be provided in critical literature appraisal, systematic review and meta-analysis.

How to Apply

A cover letter expressing interest and a CV are requested. Letters of recommendation will be required from the candidate's GI Program Director or Division Chief, as well as from 2 other individuals who are familiar with the candidate and can attest to the candidate's abilities in clinical gastroenterology, as well as the candidate's interests in IBD and research potential. An interview in person or by telephone may be conducted for short-listed applicants. Although there is no specific deadline it is advisable to contact the Program Director ideally at least 12-18 months prior to the proposed start date.


Dr Vipul Jairath, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, University Hospital, London, Canada
Early application is encouraged, often 18 months before the start date