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Fellowships at the Department of Medicine

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The Department of Medicine offers training through non-accredited fellowship programs, which are approved by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. These programs provide further training in candidates' chosen fields of specialization. With the guidance of a powerful group of experienced and well-respected mentors, fellows enhance their skills and understanding in their subspecialties, excel in their fields and come out of the programs with the necessary reputation to qualify for key appointments.

Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship

This fellowship is a one-year program that provides mentored career development in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. Trainees will receive training in both the cognitive and procedural aspects of advanced endoscopic procedures. Trainees will partake in active research projects and initiate their own projects. The program offers a unique opportunity for training in all aspects of therapeutic endoscopy. Most advanced training will cover ERCP and EUS. Trainees will also be trained in luminal stenting, endoscopic mucosal resection, radiofrequency ablation, and other complex procedures

Allergy and Immunology Fellowship

This fellowship offers a two-year program in a medicine track or a three-year program in a pediatric track. Both offer in-depth clinical experiences in allergic and asthmatic diseases, congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies and systemic inflammatory and immunologic disorders. Graduates will be eligible to take the certification exam for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Training covers diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as anaphylaxis, chronic rhinitis and sinusitis, and immune deficiency, with exposure to a wide variety of other chronic airway inflammatory conditions such as emphysema, bronchiectasis, and cystic fibrosis.

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

This fellowship offers comprehensive clinical training in all disciplines of cardiology with many research opportunities in basic, translational and clinical cardiology. A fourth year of training is available for certification in cardiovascular subspecialties, including interventional cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Applicants may seek specialized training in interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac transplantation or heart failure. Applicants seeking to be certified in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and CT/MRI may be able to do so during their three years of training. Advanced training is also available. The group has maintained a very high board pass success rate, with some fellows scoring within the high 90th percentile.

Critical Care Fellowship

This fellowship provides opportunities for training in subspecialty medical practice and research. This section is renowned for its clinical services and faculty at affiliated hospitals and basic science departments. Baylor College of Medicine is funded at more than $174 million annually, placing Baylor among the best of the nation's 125 medical schools in extramural research support. The fellowship is fully accredited and leads to board eligibility in Critical Care Medicine. The ABIM requires two years of clinical training for subspecialty certification in critical care medicine. Alternatively, certification in another subspecialty (pulmonary, nephrology, infectious disease, etc.) makes one eligible for ABIM certification in critical care medicine with one year of training.

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship

This fellowship is an ACGME-accredited two-year program that provides fellows with maximum clinical exposure while also providing unparalleled research opportunities in preparation for an independent academic career. This follows a three-year internal medicine residency. Physicians with exceptional clinical skills who intend to pursue a career in clinical endocrinology also will be considered. The program is led by Dr. Sanjay Mediwala, a faculty member at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, who brings six years of educational experience as the previous associate program director. Dr. Ruchi Gaba is the associate program director and an attending physician at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and the Harris Health System.

Gastroenterology Fellowship

This fellowship is accredited by the ABIM Subspecialties, specializes in the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of digestive tract and liver diseases. Our highly sought-after fellowship training program includes outstanding, internationally recognized faculty members and diverse clinical practice in several medical facilities as well as our nationally acclaimed Baylor Liver Health Program. We conduct and train fellows in cutting-edge clinical and translational research that advances science and clinical care through our partnerships with the Texas Digestive Disease Center and the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety.

Geriatrics Fellowship

This fellowship is one of the largest ACGME-accredited, one-year programs in the country. Fellows are encouraged to complete a second year of additional training in one of our tracks (e.g. clinician educator, research, wound care). Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of faculty, clinical training sites, research, and teaching opportunities. Required rotations include medicine, long-term care, geropsychiatry, and hospice; rotations in neurology, dermatology, urology, and orthopedic surgery can be arranged. Many graduates have taken positions in top clinical care programs and are leaders in some of the nation's top academic health centers. Dr. Angela Catic was recruited from Harvard to direct the Geriatrics Fellowship Program.

Health Services Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

This fellowship offers the foundational scientific and career development training necessary for a successful academic career in Health Services Research. At the core of the fellowship program is an individualized, structured career development program with a comprehensive curriculum designed specifically to meet methodological and career development needs. Post-doctoral Ph.D.s, doctorally trained clinicians (nurses, psychologists, pharmacists and social workers) and physicians completing their residency training are encouraged to apply. The program offers two years of individualized HSR training, Clinical fellows see 75 percent protected effort for research and education and 25 percent for clinical care; non-clinical fellows see 100 percent protected effort for research and education.

Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship

This fellowship includes an extensive clinical experience. Fellows rotate through public and private hospitals. The program provides intensive exposure to the breadth of hematology and oncology topics, including virtually every type of solid tumor, the spectrum of anemias, coagulation and thrombotic diatheses, malignant hematology, pain management, and supportive care. All fellows participate in several outpatient clinics and are assigned their own continuity clinic at one of the public hospitals. Numerous teaching conferences are held. Fellows attend and often lead one to two tumor boards each week at their respective hospitals. Approximately six fellows are accepted each year, with 18 to 20 fellows in the program.

Hepatology and Liver Transplantation Fellowship

This fellowship is accredited by the Texas Medical Board to provide training in the science and practice of hepatology and liver transplantation. Fellows train in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all hepatobiliary diseases, including life-saving orthotopic liver transplantation. Our full-time hepatology faculty includes six members with triple ABIM certification in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology. Our surgical faculty limit their practices to orthotopic liver transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery and combined liver and kidney transplantation. Our program is also the core curriculum in hepatology and liver transplantation for gastroenterology fellows in Baylor's ABIM- and ACGME-accredited Gastroenterology Fellowship.

Immunology/Pulmonary/Hematology-Oncology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Research training is available through NIH T32 training grants in immunology, pulmonary and hematology-oncology. Research training is available for immunology graduate students and postdoctoral scientists (Ph.D. and M.D.). This grant supports trainees engaged in general immunology research as well as studies of allergic and rheumatologic disorders and other inflammatory conditions. Trainees are expected to commit a minimum of two years to the training program at a minimum commitment of 75 percent effort.

Infectious Diseases Fellowship

This fellowship offers a blend of clinical training and research opportunities. Annually, three positions are offered in our traditional infectious diseases training program and two positions in our immunocompromised training program, which is a joint fellowship between the infectious diseases sections at Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center. We also offer one training position in a medicine-pediatric ID track. This is a joint track with Texas Children's Hospital. Baylor ID fellows in either program have opportunities for international study through our established relationships with academic centers in Peru, Mexico, India, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Romania and Thailand.

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

This fellowship is for individuals who have completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease and who are interested in expanding their skills in interventional cardiology and obtaining ABIM certification in interventional cardiology. Fellows will acquire proficiency in percutaneous treatment of coronary artery and structural heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. The program requires 12 months of clinical training.

Lipid and Atherosclerosis Fellowship

This fellowship is a Texas Medical Board–sponsored program that provides a rich experience in clinical and research aspects pertaining to preventive cardiology, with a focus on lipid and lipoprotein abnormalities, for trainees (after internal medicine residency or during cardiology/endocrinology fellowship) who will become future leaders in the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis.

Nephrology Fellowship

This fellowship prepares future nephrologists for both academic and clinical practices as well as research careers. In the 45 years since this program began, we have graduated more than 140 nephrologists. Each year, we select four to five fellows.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

This fellowship provides opportunities for high-quality hands-on training in all aspects of pulmonary and critical care. This is accomplished through intensive exposure to diverse clinical services, a robust didactic educational program and research opportunities throughout the college. Basic and clinical research programs are funded at more than $208 million annually, placing us among the best of the nation's 125 medical schools in extramural research support. Clinical activities are based out of three hospitals. Clinical experiences include exposure to lung transplantation, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, COPD, and much more. Critical care training includes management of ARDS, sepsis, LVADs, ECMO, and many other aspects of critical care medicine.

Primary Care Research Fellowship

The fellowship is open to M.D.s, Ph.D.s, and other doctoral degree holders and implements a multifaceted training program that comprehensively prepares for a career in primary care research. This fellowship emphasizes multidisciplinary team-based mentoring and offers a diverse spectrum of primary care research opportunities through an interinstitutional collaborative within the medical center. All fellows have the opportunity to establish their own tailored, interprofessional mentoring team and an individualized plan of measurable objectives.

Sleep Medicine Fellowship

This fellowship offers unique and comprehensive adult and pediatric clinical training and research opportunities. Our internationally recognized faculty come from internal medicine, pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry and otolaryngology. The program emphasizes the influence of disordered sleep on health and well-being as well as the importance of sleep disorders and their treatment on overall health and functioning. The program provides training at four of our affiliates. Graduates will be eligible for certification in sleep medicine by various specialty boards, including the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and American Board of Otolaryngology. 

Texas Heart Institute Fellowships

Texas Heart Institute at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s offers a variety of accredited (cardiovascular disease) and non-accredited (clinical heart failure research, atherosclerosis and vulnerable plaque research, cardiovascular pathology research) clinical and research fellowship training programs of up to four years. Research fellowships do not participate in patient care, while clinical fellowships require a Texas license to practice medicine or a physician-in-training permit.