Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program



Within the 3-year Gastroenterology Fellowship, GI fellows spend approximately 6 months on research. The remainder of the training is spent on a mix of inpatient rotations, as well as outpatient selective rotations. Clinical training consists of two-month rotations at each of the five teaching hospitals. 
On inpatient rotations, fellows coordinate the GI consult service (in conjunction with an attending staff gastroenterologist, advanced practice providers, rotating internal medicine residents, and medical students) and perform endoscopic procedures. New consultations, follow-up hospital encounters, and participation in endoscopic procedure clinics are supervised by staff gastroenterologists. Call is taken at home. Fellows are fully supervised by staff gastroenterologists during on-call time.


Research training begins during the first year with selection of a faculty mentor and development of a focused research project. Research opportunities range from basic science projects to clinical research and to outcomes/epidemiologic studies. Mentors are usually GI faculty members, but University faculty outside of the GI section are also available for specific projects. During the research period, fellows continue their continuity clinics and continue to take call.

Teaching Conferences

Each week, fellows have dedicated time on Thursday afternoons for didactics. These sessions may include journal club discussions, fellow case presentations, faculty lectures, basic science and research presentations, and visiting speakers. 

Training Facilities

The training rotations are completed at University of Minnesota- M Health Fairview, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Hennepin County Medical Center, Regions Hospital, and Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Each teaching hospital has its own conference schedules, including internal medicine grand rounds, and M&M conferences.


Dr. Kimberly Viskocil is the Program Director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Minnesota. Prior to taking on this role, Dr. Viskocil previously served as the Gastroenterology Fellowship Associate Program Director as well as Director of the GI pathophysiology course for the medical school. Her areas of clinical interest include the management of disorders of the gut-brain interaction.

Applications and Interviews

All interviews have concluded for 2023. Thanks for your interest in the Program!

Applications for the Gastroenterology Fellowship are accepted through ERAS.

Interviews are generally conducted between September and October each year. No interview will be granted without a completed application.


Training Sites

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Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Minneapolis VA Health Care System

The Minneapolis VA Medical Center is one of the few high-complexity VAs in the country and the flagship hospital for specialty care in the Midwest region serving veterans from Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and North and South Dakota. Fellows rotate on the VA inpatient consult service, participate in both inpatient and outpatient endoscopy, work on research projects, and maintain their own continuity clinic every other week. 

Hennepin Healthcare

Hennepin Healthcare 

Hennepin Healthcare is a nationally-recognized Adult and Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center located in downtown Minneapolis. This site is a safety net hospital serving all of Minneapolis including our underserved populations. While at HCMC, fellows help oversee the inpatient consult team and are involved in inpatient and outpatient procedures. Some fellows may have a continuity clinic based here. 

Regions Hospital

Regions Hospital

Regions Hospital is located in St Paul, Minnesota and part of the Health Partners medical system. It is an ACS-verified Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center where patients benefit from an expert team of medical professionals and top-level specialty care. Fellows rotate through the inpatient GI consult service each year seeing a variety of both rare and common GI illnesses. Some fellows may have a continuity clinic based here.

Abbott - Northwestern Hospital/Minnesota Gastroenterology

Abbott - Northwestern Hospital/Minnesota Gastroenterology

Minnesota Gastroenterology is a Twin Cities-based private Gastroenterology practice, with several outpatient subspecialty centers. This group also covers GI consultations at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the state of Minnesota. Fellows rotate with Minnesota Gastroenterology at least once during their fellowship, spending several weeks on a tailored outpatient subspecialty clinic experience as well as some time on GI consults at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital.

Program Director

Kimberly Viskocil, MD
Assistant Professor

Associate Program Directors

Dr. Mohammad Bilal

Dr. Jennifer Haglund

Fellowship Coordinator

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