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Research Fellow Application Information

About the program

Dr. Thon Memorial Research Scholar
Program Director: Shyam Thakkar, MD
Accreditation: Non-accredited
Program Length: 1 year
Fellows per year: 1

During the selection process for Gastroenterology, prospective applicants are encouraged to demonstrate a commitment to academic Gastroenterology and research. The Allegheny Health Network Department of Gastroenterology offers a research fellowship in Gastroenterology as a postgraduate fellow.

This research is conducted under the mentorship of Shyam Thakkar, MD and includes an extensive gamut of gastrointestinal disease processes. Active research is performed in the areas of luminal disease, pancreatic disorders, and procedural efficiency. Research also entails a strong understanding of advanced gastrointestinal procedures including interactive work with Carnegie Mellon on therapeutic procedure advancements. This program includes endoscopic research experiences such as prospective studies, outcomes research, clinical trials, economic analyses, and multicenter projects. Fellows will be involved in all aspects of research including grant writing, research protocols, data gathering, data analysis, abstract and manuscript publication as well as presentation at annual Gastroenterology meetings. The research fellows will also be encouraged to implement their own unique study protocols and will be supported in their future endeavors in the field of Gastroenterology.

After completion of the fellowship, the fellow:

  • Will have developed the knowledge and techniques of critical study analysis in evidence based medicine
  • Will understand clinical study design
  • Is expected to present research at annual meetings and submit multiple manuscripts
  • Will receive a certificate upon the successful completion

This opportunity is available for medical professionals who wish to pursue an academic career in Gastroenterology or improve their academic credentials prior to Gastroenterology fellowship. Prior research fellows through this program have had an excellent record of continuing their career in Gastroenterology fellowships throughout the country and developing into successful Gastroenterologists. Currently, we are accepting one candidate per year for a one-year fellowship. Prospective fellows interested in this opportunity are encouraged to contact us to learn more.

Contact information:
Shyam Thakkar, MD
1307 Federal Street
Suite 301
Pittsburgh PA 15212
Email: sthakkar@wpahs.org
Email: shyamtdoc@gmail.com

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