Dolores Fuentes

When Dolores Fuentes suddenly found it difficult to swallow and to keep food down, her daughter wouldn't take her to any other hospital but "my Methodist."

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Gastroenterology Research Fellowship

Research is a major component of the New York Methodist Hospital training program in digestive and liver diseases. Every fellow is required to pursue investigative research under the guided mentorship of a faculty member. Fellows are expected to submit and present abstracts at national meetings, as well as publish their work in peer-reviewed journals.

In the selection process for the gastroenterology fellowship program, we give preference to those candidates who demonstrate a continued commitment to developing themselves as academic gastroenterologists. In addition, New York Methodist Hospital has a one year dedicated research fellowship for those interested in a career in academic medicine or those who want to improve their credentials prior to a gastroenterology fellowship program.

The research fellow will develop research protocols with the assistance of a faculty mentor. Assistance will also be available from the director of research of the Department of Medicine and the research coordinator for the Department. The protocol will be presented to the NYM Research Committee and then to the NYM Institutional Review Board (IRB). The fellow will participate in all aspects of research, including grant writing, writing research protocol/proposal, data gathering, data analysis, subsequent abstract, and manuscript. The resources of the divisional library, NYM library and the Weill Cornell online library will be utilized. Currently, we are accepting up to two candidates per year for a one-year fellowship.

Medical Knowledge

The fellow will

  • understand the statistical means used to describe and evaluate data in studies.
  • understand the principles of evidence based medicine.
  • understand the principles of basic study design, statistical study power analysis, and design of case-control or cross over groups.
  • perform a clinical study, case review, or analysis of the medical literature and submit an abstract and/ or manuscript for publication.

Practice Based Learning

The fellow will

  • gain knowledge of the technique of critical study analysis as it applies to evidence based methodology through an understanding of statistical methods and data analysis.
  • gain experience in the utilization of research derived from an evidence based approach to the diagnosis and management of patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases.
  • learn the basics of clinical study design and implementation by participating in ongoing clinical studies or the fellow's own study.

Teaching Methods

The fellowship will include

  • lectures in general statistical methods.
  • performance clinical studies and case reviews will be supervised by the gastroenterology mentor and the Department of Medicine's research coordinator.
  • participation in study design, participant databases and performance, and in data analysis, and abstract or manuscript preparation.
  • responsibility for clinical protocols in gastrointestinal diseases.


The fellow will understand

  • liver diseases (cirrhosis, chronic viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, hepatocellular carcinoma,,and ascites, etc).
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett's esophagus and peptic ulcer disease.
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • pancreatic diseases
  • tumors of the gastrointestinal tract
  • outcomes in endoscopic procedures (colonoscopy, EGD, ERCP, EUS, and manometry, etc)

Methods of Evaluation

  • Informal evaluation by the mentor during meetings to discuss progression of the research project
  • Formal quarterly written evaluations by the mentor
  • Formal written evaluation by the program director twice a year

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Application and Contact Information

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