Educational Curriculum


Patient Care & Procedural Skills

Trainees must be able to provide patient care that is appropriate, effective and compassionate. This would include, but not be limited to, the following: history-taking, including family, genetic, psychosocial, and environmental histories, and the ability to perform a comprehensive and accurate physical examination. The ability to arrive at an appropriate differential diagnosis, outline a logical plan for specific and targeted investigations pertaining to the patient’s complaints, and formulate a plan for management and follow-up treatment of the patient is critical. The ability to effectively present the results of a consultation orally and in writing and to defend the clinical assessment, differential diagnosis, and diagnostic and management plans is essential. In addition, trainees must demonstrate procedural skills essential for the practice of gastroenterology and hepatology.

Medical Knowledge

Trainees must demonstrate a core fund of knowledge in gastroenterological and hepatic physiology, pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology, radiology, and surgery as outlined in the goals of each chapter on training. Trainees must be able to demonstrate an analytic approach and use appropriate investigations, including the practice of evidence-based medicine.

Practice-Based Learning & Improvement

Trainees must be able to investigate, evaluate, and improve their patient care practice by analyzing and assimilating both scientific evidence as well as their own prior experience into their practices. They should be able to apply knowledge of statistical methods to critically appraise clinical studies and be able to use information technology to support their own education. They must be involved in teaching and be able to facilitate the learning of other students and health care professionals.

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Trainees must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with their patients, families, and other health care professionals. This would include, but not be limited to, verbal and written communication as a consultant and to generation of endoscopic reports that are accurate and timely. Trainees must be able to work effectively as members and leaders of the health care team.


Trainees must demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to all elements of professionalism, including respect, compassion and integrity toward their patients, patient families, and other health care professionals. They must demonstrate ethical behavior, responsiveness, and sensitivity to a diverse gender, ethnic, socioeconomic, and aging patient population.

Systems-Based Practice

Trainees must demonstrate an understanding of, awareness of, and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care delivery. The trainees should understand how their patient care practice impacts other health care professionals, the larger health care system, and society in general. They should be able to practice cost effective health care without compromising quality of care for their patients. The trainee should be able to advocate for timely, quality patient care and know how to partner with other health care providers to provide the optimal health care for their patients.

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