Each fellow has six months of protected time for an academic project during the second year of fellowship.
During the first year of the Gastroenterology Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, each Fellow is encouraged to begin to develop a research project for the second year with the assistance of a mentor engaged in research activities. The proposal is written and submitted to the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Protection, so the Fellow may begin work on the project without delay.
The bulk of scholarly work (library research, research studies and writing) is done during the next six months, and a paper reporting the research is submitted for publication during the third year. Fellows are encouraged to submit the research work in abstract form to national meetings for presentation. Fellow projects have been published in Gastroenterology, The New England Journal of Medicine and PLOS ONE, among other journals.