Educational Conferences


The Henry Ford gastroenterology fellowship curriculum is designed to prepare each fellow for successful independent practice as a gastroenterology and hepatology consultant. The goal is for each fellow to graduate with the endoscopic and cognitive skills required to practice in an academic or community setting. To this end we have developed a didactic curriculum to hone skills in gastroenterology and hepatology and to prepare of fellows for success on the ABIM certifying exam. We have a variety of conferences which are prepared and delivered by GI fellows and faculty as well as our colleagues in pathology and radiology. Our didactic time is protected and it is standard practice that fellows are excused from clinical duty in order to attend all educational conferences.

Clinical Updates

This conference series focus on the key topics of gastroenterology and hepatology.  Presentations are given by our GI fellows as well as our faculty members. These presentations typically cover the pathophysiology, evaluation and management of the core disease in gastroenterology and hepatology.

Pathology conference series

The pathology conference series is led by one of our core faculty members.  This conference uses clinical cases and pathology slides to highlight key pathology encountered by the gastroenterology and hepatology consultant. Fellows are encouraged to interpret pathology slides and provide a preliminary diagnosis.  Faculty from the pathology department attend this lecture series and provide expert opinion.

Journal Club

Journal clubs focus on an in-depth review of an article. Fellows are paired with a faculty mentor and select a journal article of their choosing.  The fellow dissects the article and evaluates the internal and external validity of the study.  

M & M

In the morbidity and mortality conference we examine a case with an adverse event to determine what went wrong and to identify opportunities for improvement.  Fellows are encouraged to apply quality improvement tools as they dissect the case.  This conference is a testament to the environment of patient safety and continuous improvement within out division

Grand Rounds

Our grand rounds series features both internal and external speakers. Topics cover the full breadth of our subspeciality and highlight emerging topics within gastroenterology and hepatology.

IBD Lecture Series

The IBD lecture series is organized by our inflammatory bowel disease attendings.  Topics discussed include diagnosis and management of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, extraintestinal manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease, IBD and pregnancy, therapeutic drug monitoring, medication adverse events and interventional inflammatory bowel disease. These lectures are delivered by our 3rd year gastroenterology fellows and inflammatory bowel disease attendings.

Advanced GI Lecture Series

The advanced GI lecture series is organized by advanced endoscopy attendings.  Topics discussed include pancreaticobiliary pathology, endoluminal stenting, bariatric endoscopy, endo-hepatology and complex polypectomy.  These lectures are delivered by our 4th year advanced endoscopy fellow, 3rd year gastroenterology fellows and advanced endoscopy attendings.

Board Review

The board review series is designed to ensure our fellows are successful in passing the ABIM gastroenterology certifying exam.  Key concepts are reviewed using practice board questions and case-based presentations.  Audience participation is encouraged using automated polling software.  

Practice of Medicine

Practice of medicine is one of our newest conferences.  This conference is led by four of our faculty members.  This lecture series focuses on early career success for gastroenterologists.  Topics discussed include various employment models, interviewing skills, contract negotiation, personal finance and investing.


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