The responsibilities of the fellowship trainees differ markedly from pediatric residents. Pediatric residents are responsible for writing orders and directly managing the patients. The fellows function in a consulting and attending role, much the same as they will when they join the faculty of a medical school. Moreover, ,during the 3 years of fellowship training, the fellow will receive both formal and informal training on appropriate billing and coding, thereby facilitating transition to the faculty level and providing an understanding of the business of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.
All patients on the inpatient service are managed jointly by the house staff and fellows. Relationships between pediatric gastroenterology trainees and colleagues in other sections and departments are handled on a personal level. Fellows are encouraged to attend pediatric grand rounds at both Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and at Grady Memorial Hospital on a weekly basis, as well as other radiology and pathology conferences scheduled monthly, in addition to journal club and case reviews sessions which are scheduled weekly. Attendance at these latter sessions held by the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is required.
As an additional educational opportunity optional for the fellows, weekly, basic sciences seminars are conducted the Division of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases within the Department of Internal Medicine under the direction of Vincent Yang, MD, PhD. Fellows are encouraged to attend whenever possible to interact with the adult gastroenterology fellows, faculty and attending physicians.