The division heads a strong clinical and academic department. All of the faculty members are actively engaged in teaching medical students, medicine interns, residents, and gastrointestinal fellows in the Department of Medicine. Teaching consists of didactic lectures on all branches of gastroenterology, including the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, large bowel, liver, pancreas, and peritoneum. The fellowship program is exceptionally strong clinically as well as academically.
Under the direction of Dr. Maurice Cerulli, the fellows have weekly teaching conferences in radiology, pathology, endoscopy, pathophysiology, hepatology, hepatic pathology, and endoscopic ultrasound as well as journal clubs, morbidity and mortality conferences, inter-hospital case presentations, and grand rounds. The fellows have close supervision in their outpatient clinics under the guidance and mentorship of Drs. Maurice Cerulli, Simmy Banks, and Edna Khodadian. The fellows are also given six months of dedicated and protected research time to work with a faculty mentor.
The full-time staff are on duty for consultations on a rotation basis monthly throughout the year when graduate fellows, residents, and students can discuss patient problems with them. The more formal teaching sessions consist of grand rounds, alternating monthly between North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, a long multi-purpose grand round for all the full-time staff, fellows, and elective residents and students. During this time journals are reviewed, an x-ray radiology session takes place, and a ward round is done on interesting patients, followed by a pathology conference of biopsies carried out during the week.
Graduate fellows and the full-time staff are encouraged to go to visiting lectures at the New York Gastroenterological Society, the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, or the Long Island Gastroenterological Association and are required to attend at least one of the national meetings, e.g., for the American Gastroenterological Association or the American College of Gastroenterology.
Teaching techniques on special investigations such as endoscopy, motility, 24-hour pH monitoring, and radiology are, of course, continuous throughout the three-year program and are available to other divisions for anyone who might be interested. Also, a basic science course largely devoted to statistics and methodology, in which students carry out clinical trials and biochemical investigations, takes place every Tuesday morning at 7:30. The graduate fellows are required to attend.
Maurice A. Cerulli, MD, FASGE, AGAF, FACG
Fellowship Program Director, Gastroenterology