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The Digestive System Department is a national and international academic centre of reference looking after highly complex digestive disorders in a public, university, community hospital.
Digestive system training itinerary
We offer you a teaching programme designed following the National Council for Digestive System Speciality’s programme. Internationally the department is recognised as a European Training Centre by the European Community's European Gastroenterology Board and as a receiving centre for the UEG Clinical and Research Visiting Fellowship programme and as a collaborator in the Rome Foundation Research Institute’s Investigator Network. Treatment-wise we have membership in national units of reference, such as the Neuroendocrine Tumours Committee and the Adult Primary Immunodeficiency Committee. Furthermore, from the research point of view, our unit has been recognised as a group of excellence by AGAUR (University and Research Grant Management Agency) since 2009 and as a CIBERehd (Centre for Network Biomedical Research on Hepatic and Digestive Disorders) group since 2008.
The teaching unit comes under the Digestive System and Liver Department which combines Digestive System, Endoscopy and Hepatology departments, although we also work in collaboration with Internal medicine, Intensive care medicine, Emergencies and Radiodiagnosis, Nutritional support and Digestive Surgery Departments.
In daily practice, resident doctors visit the patients along with their staff doctors, preparing the clinical record and making the physical examination under their supervision. They also make an assessment of the supplementary tests such as endoscopic, radiology, manometric, and anatomy and pathology examinations needed for proper decision making and to diagnose disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, intestine, colon, pancreas, liver and bile ducts. During residency, doctors get to know about the most frequent conditions in the speciality, and often have the opportunity to come across more complex cases, which are a model for interaction with other units at the hospital. In Hepatology they have the opportunity to learn about the features of severe or chronic hepatitis, or hepatic cirrhosis, as well as carrying out the diagnosis, serological tests, treatment and the possible complications, if there are any, and prevention. During their turn in Endoscopy they have gradual, supervised training that covers all from diagnostic examinations to basic therapeutic endoscopy, as well as assisting those responsible for advanced endoscopy techniques, such as endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic retrograde colangiopancreatography.
Residents in the Digestive Department are on call for internal medicine during the first year and, subsequently, from the second year of residency onwards, are specialist on-call doctors (approximately 4 shifts per month), alongside a physically present department member.
The Digestive System Programme also carries out significant scientific work at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute and CIBERehd, with five lines of research:
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