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GI Fellowship

The GI Fellowship at Western University is a 2 year program accredited by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Applicants have typically completed 3 years of Internal Medicine in an accredited Canadian training program. GI Fellows will rotate primarily between University Hospital and Victoria Hospital, which are the two major teaching hospitals in London (population 360,000) serving a referral area of 3 million people. The fellowship incorporates teaching in ambulatory care, inpatient GI management, hepatology and endoscopy. Residents will develop expertise in gastroscopy, colonoscopy, variceal band ligation, and will be exposed to esophageal manometry, capsule endoscopy, ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound. Close linkages exist with other clinical services such as Pathology, Radiology, Surgery, and Liver Transplantation. The program usually has a complement of 5 - 7 GI fellows over the 2 years. This is often a mixture of Canadian and international trainees. At the present time, our Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care positions are capped at 2 per year. All applicants must be eligible for an educational license in the province of Ontario. The fellowship consists of a series of rotations which include ambulatory care, inflammatory bowel disease, endoscopy, hepatology, community gastroenterology, elective and research time. The objectives of the GI program are consistent with the standards of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. GI Fellows are often on home call 1 in 6 and are always supported by an attending GI consultant on call. Remuneration is determined by the Ontario medical resident pay scale for R4 and R5 residents. Western Residents have an excellent track record for passing the subspecialty examinations in Gastroenterology and many have found excellent positions across the country. The GI Program Director is Karim Qumosani.

Canadian applicants to GI apply through the CaRMS match.

International (ISR) trainees apply directly to the program.

The deadline for applications is determined by CaRMS. Interviews are typically held towards the end of September each year. Decisions for applicants are made in conjunction with the CaRMS Match in November.