Advanced Endoscopy Training Program

The Duke Division of Gastroenterology’s Advanced Endoscopy Training Program is a one-year program devoted to the clinical and research training of an advanced fellow in either pancreatico-biliary diseases or endoscopic ultrasound.

The program is designed to provide fellows with the skills required for successful pursuit of a career as a therapeutic endoscopist in an academic setting. Fellows will be prepared to assume faculty positions where they will be capable of developing independent clinical and research programs in advanced endoscopy.


The training year begins in July and is available to those who have completed a standard three-year gastroenterology fellowship and are board eligible.

The advanced trainee will participate in all of the educational activities available to fellows in our standard gastroenterology training program, including case conference, GI Grand Rounds, GI Journal Club, basic research conferences, medical-surgical conferences, and pathology conferences.

During these activities fellows are exposed to a wide range of clinical and research experiences.

Tracks of Study

The Advanced Endoscopy Training Program offers two tracks: Pancreatico-biliary (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). During the application process the fellow should indicate the track they are interested in.

During the advanced training year, the fellow will also gain some experience in the track that was not their primary choice. However, if an applicant is interested in completing comprehensive training in both tracks, two years of training will be required if the applicant does not have any significant prior experience. When applying, please let the program director know if you are interested in this possibility.

The fellow will have a mentor who is a member of our therapeutic endoscopy faculty. The fellow, however, may also work closely with other faculty members with research expertise in areas such as biostatistics and outcomes research.

Clinical Research

Fellows are expected to participate in ongoing research as well as complete their own research project during their training.

Clinical Activities

While the overall management of patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting is the core part of the training, fellows also gain exposure to advanced endoscopic procedures such as endoscopic mucosal resection and placement of enteral stents  Fellows also participate in various clinical activities (inpatient consult service, endoscopy sessions, clinic) relating to the biliary service as well as the general practice of the division of gastroenterology as directed by the clinical chief of gastroenterology.

These activities continue for approximately three month blocks at a time,  and include on-call activities and other assigned responsibilities within the division.

Rotation Schedule

The rotation schedule is somewhat flexible and is not always the same from year to year.

The following outline is a representative example of the schedule:

Biliary Fellow

Biliary service: Six months
General GI: Two-to-three months
EUS exposure: Two-to-three months

EUS Fellow

EUS service: Six months
General GI: Two-to-three months
Biliary exposure: Two-to-three months

Advanced Training Faculty and Fellows

Fellows in the Advanced Endoscopy Training Program will be interacting primarily with the following faculty:

Rebecca Burbridge, MD
Rebecca A. Burbridge, MD
Program Director

M. Stanley Branch, MD
Clinical Chief

Jill M. Rimmer
GME Program Coordinator


Paul S. Jowell, MBBCh
Darshan J. Kothari, MD
Jorge V. Obando, MD
Joshua P. Spaete, MD

Advanced Practice Provider

Erin A. Garris, MMS, PA-C

Current Fellow

Alyson McGhan Johnson, MD

Apply for Advanced Training

At this time, the Advanced Endoscopy Training Program at Duke is not recruiting.  All positions for the 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years have been filled.

All applicants interested in training at Duke University Hospital in the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.


Completion of an accredited Gastroenterology Fellowship Program (or equivalent for international fellows) and an interest in pursuing an academic career are prerequisites for all candidates
NOTE:  Completion/Passing of USMLE steps 1, 2, and 3 are required

Successful applicants receive a faculty appointment as a medical instructor in Medicine. Therefore applicants on a J1 VISA (no exceptions) are unable to be considered. Applicants must have a H1B VISA, green card, or be a United States citizen. Candidates for the program are selected based on the above requirements, their ASGE application and personal interviews.

Please direct all application related correspondence to:

Rebecca A. Burbridge, MD 
Director, Advanced Endoscopy Training Program
c/o Jill M. Rimmer, GME Program Coordinator
Duke University Medical Center
Division of Gastroenterology
P.O. Box 3913
Durham, NC 27710