Key Contacts

Program Director

Dr. Eric Greenwald
egreenw@mcmaster.ca
905.521.2100 X73495

Administrative Support

Ms. Debbie Fewer
fewerd@mcmaster.ca
905.521.2100 X73495

Adult Gastroenterology Training Program

Dr. Eric Greenwald

Dr. Eric Greenwald is director of the Adult
Gastroenterology Training Program at McMaster.

Program Introduction

Welcome

Welcome to the Adult Gastroenterology Training Program. Our program has an exceptional track record of training leaders in academic and community gastroenterology. McMaster University is recognized world-wide as a leader in both gastrointestinal research and clinical practice. We take pride in our outstanding faculty and the positive training environment we provide.

The Adult Gastroenterology Training Program is a two-year program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). The program is based at the McMaster Campus of Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), but also involves St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Juravinski and General Campuses of HHS. At all sites, trainees benefit from clinical and educational collaboration with the Departments of Surgery, Radiology and Pathology. Trainees benefit from the rich training environment of the Michael DeGroote School of Medicine with world-renowned expertise in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Through a series of inpatient and outpatient rotations and generous elective time, trainees gain a broad exposure to clinical gastroenterology and training in all CANMEDS competencies endorsed by the RCPSC. Trainees gain a solid grounding in the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of gastrointestinal disorders with dedicated training in nutrition, motility and endoscopy. Trainees have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including a dedicated endoscopy simulator. An endoscopy course for new gastroenterology residents from across Canada is hosted in Hamilton each year by the Division of Gastroenterology.

The Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute leads an internationally acclaimed program of bench to bedside research with highly respected faculty. Trainees in the Adult Gastroenterology Training Program are given protected time to engage in research and are encouraged to present their work at institutional, national and international meetings.

The Upper Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Disease Cochrane Review Group also has a base at McMaster to facilitate the synthesis and knowledge translation of primary GI research to patients and clinicians.

The Adult Gastroenterology Training Program takes pride in providing an experience that is individualized to the trainee’s career goals and interests while fulfilling RCPSC goals and objectives. Each trainee receives strong mentorship and career counselling from members of faculty. Trainees are encouraged to undertake a third year of clinical or research training, which may include postgraduate training in Health Research Methodology through the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

In summary, the Adult Gastroenterology Training Program at McMaster University provides the structure and flexibility to accommodate both the individual needs of our trainees and the demands of our ever-changing patient populations.