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The Gastroenterology Fellowship at NorthShore University HealthSystem sponsored by The Lifetract Foundation offers a full clinical education experience with diverse training at our four NorthShore hospitals, and tertiary specialty training with our academic affiliates at the University of Chicago. This unique program blends the academics of a university-affiliated institution with the personalized experience of a community hospital. Fellows will be welcomed to a supportive environment with real career advising and access to a diverse patient population. Encouraged by our continued commitment to provide excellence in gastroenterological care, our fellows go on to successful careers within the field.

Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and offers educational components found in all gastroenterology training programs

The NorthShore Difference

What sets NorthShore’s fellowship apart is the diversity of clinical training experience and personalization of fellow training, which includes:

  • Exposure to real-world clinical work as a full-time practitioner through mentorship from different physicians in various private practice models
  • Opportunities to work alongside clinical investigators and participate in research within an infrastructure with an investment in clinical informatics, such as:
  • Supplementary education at the University of Chicago, specializing in hepatology, inpatient nutrition and inpatient inflammatory bowel disease, providing fellows with more career options after fellowship completion
  • A relatively new program consisting of educational courses shaped by the insight from previous fellows and core faculty
  • Small program size, allowing for a faculty-to-fellow ratio that is higher than the average program, giving fellows the opportunity to work closely with clinical mentors and tailor their training to their interests

Within our four hospital rotation, fellows will be able to train within NorthShore’s Crohn’s and Colitis CenterIBD Center, Women’s GI Health Program and Center for Medical Genetics. In addition, we house a 13,000 square foot simulation lab, which contains simulators for medical and surgical procedures, allowing for a hands-on experience for fellows to improve their performance, receive immediate feedback and examine practice cases that will prepare them for future scenarios.

We thank you for your interest in our fellowship, and encourage you to contact Jennifer Wertheimer at with any questions about the program. 

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