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Program Faculty

Tyler Berzin, MD; Douglas Pleskow, MD, Mandeep Sawhney MD

Program Description

The Center for Advanced Endoscopy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School is pleased to announce the establishment of the Berenson International Scholarship in Advanced Endoscopy. This scholarship award of $4,000.00, established through a generous grant from Theodore and Cynthia Berenson, will support international physicians wishing to spend 2 months in Boston observing complex endoscopy procedures, participating in multidisciplinary pancreaticobiliary conferences, and attending weekly didactic sessions at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. We have developed a strong teaching program at our GI Department with a focus on therapeutic endoscopy. Currently we perform more than 1900 ERCPs and 1500 EUS procedures per year in a “state of the art” facility. International gastroenterology fellows will be able to observe a wide spectrum of advanced interventions (including complex ERCP with cholangioscopy, therapeutic EUS, radiofrequency and cryotherapy for Barrett’s esophagus, endoscopic mucosal resection, biliary and luminal stenting, and single balloon enteroscopy), which enable us to treat all facets of gastrointestinal diseases. To enhance our learning, each scholar will present a summary of the standard of care for Advanced Endoscopy in his or her home country. This will be a formal presentation given at the end of the visit.

Application and Award Process

The Berenson Scholarship is intended for advanced-level physician trainees who are completing their endoscopic training, as well as junior-level faculty who wish to gain additional expertise early in their careers. Applicants should have a strong interest in academic medicine, and should be perceived as rising leaders in endoscopy in their respective countries. Fluency in spoken and written English is highly recommended for all applicants. The 10 scholarships each year will support a 2-month experience at the Center for Advanced Endoscopy, with a stipend ($4,000) provided for airfare and basic living expenses.

There are three deadlines for applications throughout the year:

  • January 1
  • May 1
  • September 1

Applications will be reviewed within four weeks of these deadlines for scholarships to begin approximately 12 months afterwards. Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Personal statement describing career goals
  3. Two letters of recommendation from recent mentors

Application materials can be submitted by e-mail to Judi Hansjon:

Contact Information
Judi Hansjon
Division of Gastroenterology
Fellowship Administrator 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dana 501
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215