Program Description

The Berenson International Scholarship in Advanced Endoscopy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical school was established through a generous grant from Theodore and Cynthia Berenson. This scholarship award of $4,000.00, will support international physicians from developing nations* 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 1800 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 from developing nations* 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.

*Developing nations as defined by United Nations (table C, p. 12)

Applications are accepted throughout the year.