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Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellows News

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2022

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Dr. Ahana Sen Named 2022-2023 Gastroenterology Chief Fellow

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May 10: Ahan Shen, M.D., completed her Internal Medicine residency at UT Southwestern. Dr. Sen will play a vital role in advising the program leadership on fellows’ education needs. 

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Dr. Hyunseok Kim’s abstract selected for AASLD Foundation Abstract Award

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April 22: Dr. Hyunseok Kim’s abstract was selected for an AASLD Foundation Abstract Award for the 2022 Digestive Disease Week conference. This award recognizes excellence in research performed by early-career investigators and are intended to support travel-related costs for the presenter to attend the meeting and present their work to an international audience. Dr. Kim received $1,000 travel grant. The abstract is entitled, “Prognosis and clinical correlates of outcomes in U.S. Patients with indeterminate phase chronic hepatitis B Virus Infection.

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2022 Incoming Gastroenterology Fellowship Class

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Feb 22: The Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology welcomed the 2022 Gastroenterology Fellowship Class. 

  • Kristeen Onyirioha (IM UTSW)
  • Frederick Peng (IM BCM)
  • Gabriel Sandoval (IM Vanderbilt)
  • Nathan Spezia-Lindner (IM BCM)
  • Shaleen Vasavada (IM BCM)
  • Ashwin Rao (IM UTSW) -- T32 Track
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2021

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BCM GI Fellowship Team Qualifies for Final of the American College of Gastroenterology Jeopardy Competition

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Nov. 30: The BCM GI fellowship team qualified to the final of the American College of Gastroenterology jeopardy competition that was held in Las Vegas with a live audience. The BCM team, represented by Talha Qureshi and Shashank Sarvepalli, fellows, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, won second place out of 149 GI fellowships from around the country.

Sarah Marucci, fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Talha Qureshi qualified to the finals (top 12 among 300) of the EndoTitans, an endoscopic skills competition. Participants were encouraged to bring a GI faculty to serve as endoscopy technician for the hands-on challenges testing a wide range of endoscopic skills. Talha and Sarah were wearing Texas capes that Dr. RJ Sealock, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, brought. Talha Qureshi, with the support of Dr. Sealock, won the competition! The winner gets a travel grant for ACG 2022.

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BCM Fellows Receive ASGE Golden Scope Competition First Prize

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Aug. 24: Third year GI Fellows Sarah Marucci, Kati Choi and Talha Qureshi received first-place finish in the ASGE Golden Scope Competition held in Downers Grove, IL. They competed against 11 other teams of GI fellows from across the country in a preliminary Jeopardy competition and a virtual reality endoscopy challenge, and then advanced to the final Jeopardy competition in which they beat Emory University and University of Buffalo for the championship.

Sarah, Kati, and Talha are so excited to have had the opportunity to represent BCM GI on the national level and bring home the Golden Scope!

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GI Fellows Qualify for EndoTitans Finals

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July 23: Drs. Talha Qureshi, fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Sara Marucci, fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, qualified in the top six GI fellows to participate in the EndoTitans finals this October at the American College of Gastroenterology, which will be a live hands-on competition involving various endoscopy skills.

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Dr. Shashank Sarvepalli Receives ANMS Travel Award

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July 16: Dr. Shashank Sarvepalli,  fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology has been awarded the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society Travel Award for the 2021 ANMS Scientific Meeting, to be held Aug 13-152, 2022 in Boston.

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2021 Incoming Gastroenterology Fellowship Class

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June 21: The Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology welcomed the 2021 Gastroenterology Fellowship Class. 

  • Farid Abushamat (IM UCSD)
  • Temini Ajayi (IM Vanderbilt)
  • Shivani Kastuar (IM UPenn)
  • Peter Nguyen (IM UPMC)
  • David Szafron (IM BCM)
  • Tony Xu (IM BCM) -- T32 Research Track
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BCM Fellow and Faculty Receive Teaching Awards

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June 18: The Teaching Awards were hosted June 17, 2021

Dr. Mimi Tan received the Fellows' Teaching Award: This award is voted on and given by the fellows every year to an outstanding faculty educator for their commitment and dedication to fellow education.

Dr. Chris Pappas received the Master Educator Award: This award honors faculty who have made an enduring impact on fellow education and training.

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GI Fellows Place Sixth in 2021 Golden Scope Gaming Event

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May 11: Congratulations to the 50 GI Fellow teams who participated in round one of the ASGE’s debut gaming event: 2021 Golden Scope. Baylor College of Medicine Gastroenterology placed number sixth among the top 12 teams at the 2021 Golden Scope.

Baylor College of Medicine Team Captain: Talha Qureshi (2nd Year Fellow) and Teammates: Sarah Marucci (2nd Year Fellow) and Kati Choi (2nd Year Fellow)

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Dr. Theresa Nguyen Receives Master's in Public Health

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May 24: Dr. Theresa Nguyen, fourth-year T32 fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, graduated with a Master’s in Public Health from the University Of Texas School Of Public Health. 

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2020

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Dr. Jessica Bernica Featured in American Gastroenterological Association

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Sept. 2: Dr. Jessica Bernica, clinical post-doc fellow, was recently featured on the American Gastroenterological Association website for her VA H. pylori QI project, which she also won the BCM Fellows' QI prize for. In addition, she was recognized by the AGA as one of 25 fellows across the nation. Read the AGA article.

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2019

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Dr. Jordan Sparkman Selected as 2019-2020 Chief Fellow

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March 26: The BCM GI Chief Fellow for academic year 2019-2020 will be Dr. Jordan Sparkman. Dr. Sparkman also completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He will play a vital role in advising the program leadership on fellows' educational needs as the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology plan the schedule for next year. Thank you to outgoing Chief Fellow, Dr. Sunina Nathoo.

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Dr. Vinshi Khan Accepts Offer at Transplant Hepatology Program

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March 26: Dr. Vinshi Khan has accepted an offer for the Transplant Hepatology Program at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital starting in July 2020. The Transplant Hepatology Program is a bi-campus program formed by merger of Columbia and Cornell universities.

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AASLD Event Highlights Emerging Liver Scholar Program and GI Fellowship

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March 1: An event sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases was held Feb. 27 at the McNair Campus to highlight the Emerging Liver Scholar program and the GI fellowship, as part of the AASLD fellow ambassadorship program. Residents from Baylor, UT Houston, Methodist Hospital and UT Medical Branch attended. Dr. Hyunseok Kim, clinical postdoc fellow, introduced the Emerging Liver Scholar program and covered his experience in the program. A panel discussion provided information about fellowship applications. Panelists included: Dr. Yamini Natarajan, assistant professor, Dr. Ruben Hernaez, assistant professor, Dr. Clark Hair, assistant professor, Dr. Mimi Tan, assistant professor and Dr. Rehman Sheikh, clinical postdoc fellow. Topics covered mentorship, life as an academic transplant hepatologist, fellowship interview/selection processes, information about the T32/research track and experiences as Baylor College of Medicine residents, chief resident, fellows, and faculty.