A one-year fellowship Gastrointestinal Motility is offered. Eligible candidates must have completed their core training in adult gastroenterology (FRCPC or equivalent) and must be eligible for medical licensure in the Province of Ontario. The fellowship is ideally suited for those wishing to practice gastroenterology in an academic setting and with a specific interest in gastrointestinal motility disorders.
Gastrointestinal motility disorders encompass a range of conditions that include functional disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia, disorders of esophageal motility including achalasia, reflux and esophageal spasm, as well as defecatory disorders, to more severe conditions such as gastroparesis and chronic idiopathic pseudo-obstruction. The motility laboratory at McMaster Medical Centre is equipped with high-resolution techniques for the routine assessment of esophageal, and anorectal function as well as biofeedback training. Patients seen in the laboratory are adults and if also children. High-resolution colonic motility is an emerging technology and is used occasionally to assess possible colonic failure in children and in adults.
Fellows will be expected to work in the motility laboratory to become competent in the performance and the evaluation of all routine motility studies.
Fellows will also be expected to work in the clinics of physicians with a specific interest in motility disorders and to become competent in the diagnosis and management of these conditions.
Fellows will be expected to participate in one or more research projects during the year. Projects range from clinical studies evaluating motility changes in conditions such as gluten sensitivity, or in the treatment of conditions such as intestinal pseudo-obstruction. Research conducted in the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute is translational in nature and focuses on the role of diet as well as the intestinal microbiota in determining GI motility in health and disease and involves preclinical and clinical research. The investigation of colonic motility in health and disease is another area of research at both the basic and clinical level with the availability of high-resolution colonic manometry. Fellows will be expected to attend the weekly academic half-day offered by the academic division of gastroenterology at McMaster as well as the weekly seminar series offered by the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute.
Letters of interest with an updated curriculum vitae should be sent to:
Dr. Stephen Collins
Acting Director of the GI Motility Fellowship Program
Director, Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute
1280 Main Street West, HSC 3N4, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1
Tel: 905-525-9140 ext. 21267; Fax: 905-522-3454
Limited internal funding is available, but candidates are encouraged to apply for external funding or to provide their own funding from their parent institutions.