The basic training program consists of an average 18 months of clinical training and 18 months of research training. This 36-month program provides the trainee with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills required for an academic career, which includes clinical service, teaching and research.
Second- and third-years will be heavily focus on research and participation in fellows’ continuity clinic and teaching. The fellows participate in the teaching of medical students, residents and present at clinical case conferences. The program’s director of research helps the fellow to identify a clinical or basic science research project, which appeals to the specific interest of that individual and helps identify an appropriate mentor to guide the development, approval and execution of the scholarly activity.
During second and third year there is a one-month Pediatric Transplant Hepatology Rotation at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Housing expenses are covered by the fellowship program. There is also an opportunity for an additional elective for this rotation.
Didactics are weekly for fellow’s conference, morning report, Grand Rounds and sign-out with attending and fellows participation, and monthly for Journal Club, Janus Rounds and Pathology Rounds. In addition, the fellows participate actively in discussion of case reports, a lecture series by the faculty, lectures given by the fellows and a number of conferences throughout the three years of training.