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Gastroenterology

Director: David Desilets, MD, PhD

Location: Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA

Goals

This elective is an introduction to the clinical discipline of gastroenterology.

Objectives

The student will learn how to...

  • take a GI-focused history and physical.
  • recognize basic inpatient and outpatient gastrointestinal problems.
  • identify major diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  • function as the initial consultant in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

The student will...

  • observe procedures such as diagnostic and therapeutic upper endoscopy and colonoscopy,
    • sclerotherapy, and band ligation of esophageal varices, esophageal dilation, diagnostic and therapeutic ercp,
    • endoscopic ultrasonography, and liver biopsy.
  • participate in weekly gastroenterology case-presentation conferences with include pathology and radiology, and also a monthly journal club.
  • prepare an in-depth presentation of a gastroenterology topic to present at the end of the elective.

TUSM
Course Number

GAS408-BA-C

Duration

4 weeks

Average
Hours per Week

40

Night Call/Weekends

No/No

Capacity

1 student per Block

Alternate Dates
Available

Yes, at the discretion of the Director

Transportation
Required

No

On-Campus Housing

Available on a first-come, first-served basis

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Medicine Clerkship.

If you would like to apply for this elective, please refer to Application Process.