Medical Students

We help prepare medical students for successful careers by equipping them with the fundamentals of gastroenterology.

Preclinical Education

During your first year of medical school, you'll undertake a module in gastroenterology, metabolism and nutrition:

  • IMC 510 Integrated Study of the Gastrointestinal System

    This required system based block integrates the basic sciences into the study of the gastrointestinal system in both health and disease. Basic science topics are incorporated into an integrated body of knowledge utilizing both didactic and self directed learning methods, and clinical models.

    Spring Semester

    Number of students: 180

    Required course for all first year medical students (MS1)

    Course Directors: Michael E. Duffey, PhDThomas C. Mahl, MD


As a third- and fourth-year medical student, you will have the option to choose an elective in gastroenterology:

  • MED 821 Gastroenterology-Liver, 4 credits

    This course is designed to provide an in-depth experience in gastroenterology and hepatology oriented toward gaining an understanding of the pathophysiology, molecular pathogenesis and clinical management of diseases and an exposure to the current research in the field.

    The student will become part of a team of physicians responsible for the consultation and clinic services. The student will be expected to evaluate new patients, present to an attending physician, and to provide a review of the patient literature. They will have the opportunity to observe diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, esophageal motility, liver and small bowel biopsies. The student may also participate in GI grand rounds, journal club, research seminars, endoscopy, GI pathology, radiology and GI pathophysiology conferences.  Students may do this course at either the ECMC, VAMC or BGMC. Hospital choice is on a first-come-first-served basis.  All conferences are held at the VAMC.

    The student, upon completion of this course, should have gained an appreciation of the pathophysiology and clinical characteristics of the diseases of the GI tract and the liver most commonly encountered in the geographic area. In addition, it is hoped the student will have a better idea of the value and limitations of the diagnostic procedures and therapeutic regimens used in this medical subspecialty.

    Prerequisite: MS3 or MS4

    Modules: A-K Blocks: 1-4

    Number of students: 4

    Course Director: Mayada Ismail, MD

    Course Coordinator: Michelle Dicenzo


Medical students augment their education by attending our gastroenterology grand rounds and journal club meetings. 

These meetings feature case presentations delivered by our fellows, divisional faculty and other invited faculty.