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Medical Education

Advancing evidence-based treatments and educating today’s and tomorrow’s doctors

The doctors at the Digestive Health Institute are preeminent leaders in their fields and are active in training current and future physicians and surgeons. Hailing from medical schools and training centers such as Harvard, Cleveland Clinic, University of Chicago, UPMC and the Mayo Clinic, most of DHI’s doctors have one foot firmly planted in clinical research even as they care for their patients. Some of them also hold academic positions at the region’s medical schools.

Our doctors train residents and fellows, pioneer new surgical approaches, are principal investigators for cancer clinical trials and widely publish and present their research in medical journals and at conferences. They demonstrate their commitment to the next generation of digestive health medical experts by give back to the community by piquing university students’ interest in the medical field and paving the way for more women to enter surgical careers. They also regularly share their knowledge with other doctors, physician assistants and nurses through CME seminars and summits.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Throughout the year, DHI offers opportunities for clinicians to earn CME credits. Past CME events have covered hepatic, gallbladder and biliary tree tumors and cancers; gastroesophageal reflux disease; robotic surgery versus laparoscopic surgical approaches; and more. For information about DHI’s upcoming CME events, call (813) 615-7450.

Residency & Fellowship Programs

The doctors at DHI run robust programs that train new physicians as well as surgeons who want to deepen their skill sets. DHI is a site for the University of South Florida College of Medicine’s residency program in Gastroenterology. For information, visit the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) website. DHI’s surgeons also offer accredited fellowships in Advanced Colorectal Surgery and Advanced GI and HPB Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery. To inquire about either of these fellowships, contact the Fellowship Administrator at (813) 615-7450.

Summer Research Student Program

For undergraduate students and beyond who are interested in becoming academic physicians, DHI offers the Summer Research Student Program. Each year, about 15 students participate in the program, which runs from late May through early August. In addition to shadowing doctors in the clinic, operating room and patient rounds, students attend DHI physician lectures, manage patient databases, perform statistical analysis, and create abstracts and manuscripts. About 90 percent of participants go on to pursue careers in medicine. To learn more, call the program coordinator at (813) 615-7069.

Women in Surgery (WIS) Career Symposium

Though we are well into the 21st century, women continue to be underrepresented in the field of surgery. DHI surgeon Sharona Ross, MD, is the founder and chair of Women in Surgery (WIS), an organization formed to encourage women to choose careers in surgery and to support women currently in the discipline. Through an annual symposium that attracts national and international medical professionals and students, Dr. Ross seeks to change the fact that while more than half of today’s medical students are female, fewer than 1 in 5 surgeons is. For more information, call (813) 615-7450, or visit women-in-surgery.com.