Family Medicine GI/Colonoscopy Fellowship

Family Medicine GI/Colonoscopy Fellowship

Physical Address

Madigan Army Medical Center
9040 Jackson Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98431

Contact Information

Phone: (253) 968-0369


The Family Medicine GI/Colonoscopy Fellowship is a one year program that provides advanced Upper Endoscopy Procedures (EGD) and colonoscopy training to one Army family physician each year. The primary focus of the fellowship is outpatient EGD and colonoscopy for the screening, surveillance, and evaluation of common gastrointestinal malignancies and disease. The fellow will become fully competent in both procedures and prepared to serve as a residency faculty to teach these advanced procedural skills to family medicine residents. All board eligible Army family physicians to apply.

Program Objectives

The fellow will learn and demonstrate competence in the technical and cognitive skills to perform safe and accurate EGD and colonoscopy through the use of simulation, didactics, objective criteria, and direct observation. The overall program objectives include:

  • Understand endoscopy indications, contraindications, and complications.
  • Understand screening and surveillance guidelines to include the management of biopsy results.
  • Integrate endoscopy into the overall clinical evaluation of patients with common gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Effectively provide pre- and post-procedure education to patients and properly obtain informed consent.
  • Appropriately administer moderate sedation and understand the associated risks.
  • Demonstrate competence in the technical skills to perform safe and accurate endoscopy and polypectomy.
  • Learn the principles of electrocautery, and manage gastrointestinal bleeding using thermal and non-thermal modalities.
  • Perform over 500 colonoscopies, 100 snare polypectomies, and 150 EGDs.
  • Gain hands-on experience in equipment sterilization and maintenance.
  • Complete scholarly activities to include presenting at a nation colonoscopy workshop and writing peer-reviewed publications.
  • Learn effective faculty development skills and techniques for training residents in endoscopy.
  • Contribute to resident education by presenting CME lectures and supervising residents.
  • Maintain full scope family medicine skills to include inpatient, outpatient, and obstetrical care.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Army Medical Corps Officer
  • Board eligible family physician
  • Meet APFT and height/weight standards

Application Process

Applicants can apply for the fellowship at the Army Graduate Medical Education website. Applications are due by 15 September each year. Complete applications require an interview with the fellowship director.

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