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2021

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BCM Fellows win first prize of the ASGE Golden Scope Competition

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Aug. 24: Third year GI Fellows Sarah Marucci, Kati Choi and Talha Qureshi received first-place finish in the ASGE Golden Scope Competition held in Downers Grove, IL. They competed against 11 other teams of GI fellows from across the country in a preliminary Jeopardy competition and a virtual reality endoscopy challenge, and then advanced to the final Jeopardy competition in which they beat Emory University and University of Buffalo for the championship.

Sarah, Kati, and Talha are so excited to have had the opportunity to represent BCM GI on the national level and bring home the Golden Scope!

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EndoTitans Finals

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July 23: Drs. Talha Qureshi, fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Sara Marucci, fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, qualified in the top six GI fellows to participate in the EndoTitans finals this October at the American College of Gastroenterology, which will be a live hands-on competition involving various endoscopy skills.

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2021 Incoming Gastroenterology Fellowship Class

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June 21: The Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology welcomed the 2021 Gastroenterology Fellowship Class. 

  • Farid Abushamat (IM UCSD)
  • Temini Ajayi (IM Vanderbilt)
  • Shivani Kastuar (IM UPenn)
  • Peter Nguyen (IM UPMC)
  • David Szafron (IM BCM)
  • Tony Xu (IM BCM) -- T32 Research Track

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GI Fellows Place Sixth in 2021 Golden Scope Gaming Event

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May 11: Congratulations to the 50 GI Fellow teams who participated in round one of the ASGE’s debut gaming event: 2021 Golden Scope. Baylor College of Medicine Gastroenterology placed number sixth among the top 12 teams at the 2021 Golden Scope.

Baylor College of Medicine Team Captain: Talha Qureshi (2nd Year Fellow) and Teammates: Sarah Marucci (2nd Year Fellow) and Kati Choi (2nd Year Fellow)

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Dr. Theresa Nguyen Receives Master's in Public Health

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May 24: Dr. Theresa Nguyen, fourth-year T32 fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, graduated with a Master’s in Public Health from the University Of Texas School Of Public Health. 

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2020

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Dr. Jessica Bernica Featured in American Gastroenterological Association

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Sept. 2: Dr. Jessica Bernica, clinical post-doc fellow, was recently featured on the American Gastroenterological Association website for her VA H. pylori QI project, which she also won the BCM Fellows' QI prize for. In addition, she was recognized by the AGA as one of 25 fellows across the nation. Read the AGA article.

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2019

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Dr. Jordan Sparkman Selected as 2019-2020 Chief Fellow

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March 26: The BCM GI Chief Fellow for academic year 2019-2020 will be Dr. Jordan Sparkman. Dr. Sparkman also completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He will play a vital role in advising the program leadership on fellows' educational needs as the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology plan the schedule for next year. Thank you to outgoing Chief Fellow, Dr. Sunina Nathoo.

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Dr. Vinshi Khan Accepts Offer at Transplant Hepatology Program

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March 26: Dr. Vinshi Khan has accepted an offer for the Transplant Hepatology Program at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital starting in July 2020. The Transplant Hepatology Program is a bi-campus program formed by merger of Columbia and Cornell universities.

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AASLD Event Highlights Emerging Liver Scholar Program and GI Fellowship

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March 1: An event sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases was held Feb. 27 at the McNair Campus to highlight the Emerging Liver Scholar program and the GI fellowship, as part of the AASLD fellow ambassadorship program. Residents from Baylor, UT Houston, Methodist Hospital and UT Medical Branch attended. Dr. Hyunseok Kim, clinical postdoc fellow, introduced the Emerging Liver Scholar program and covered his experience in the program. A panel discussion provided information about fellowship applications. Panelists included: Dr. Yamini Natarajan, assistant professor, Dr. Ruben Hernaez, assistant professor, Dr. Clark Hair, assistant professor, Dr. Mimi Tan, assistant professor and Dr. Rehman Sheikh, clinical postdoc fellow. Topics covered mentorship, life as an academic transplant hepatologist, fellowship interview/selection processes, information about the T32/research track and experiences as Baylor College of Medicine residents, chief resident, fellows, and faculty.