About Our Celiac Disease Fellowship

The Celiac Disease Fellowship is not funded at this time but accepts rolling applications from applicants with sponsored external funding.

Duration: 1 to 3 years (2 and 3 year fellowships will be for trainees wishing to obtain research training in addition to clinical training in celiac disease).

Prerequisite Training/Selection Criteria: Eligible for a medical license (limited, temporary or full) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Board eligibility in General Internal Medicine or completion of equivalent Internal Medicine Training in another country. Excellent academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in patient care and research in celiac disease.

Certifications: This program has been reviewed and recognized by the BIDMC General Education Committee.


Program Director: Ciarán P. Kelly, MD
Other Teaching Faculty: Melinda Dennis, RN, Jocelyn Silvester, MD, PhD, Rupa Mukherjee, MD, Amelie Therrien, MD, MSc

Facilities: All rotations are conducted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Trainees will spend time in the Gastroenterology Clinic at 330 Brookline Ave.

Educational Program - Basic Curriculum

Training in celiac disease patient care acquired through one-to-one clinical training working with Celiac Center clinical faculty. This training will mainly take place in an out-patient office setting consistent with most celiac disease patient care.

Elective sessions will be offered in General Gastroenterology, IBD, GI endoscopy, GI Motility, Pathology and Pediatric Gastroenterology (through the Celiac Group at CHB) depending upon the individual needs and career goals of the trainee.

Workshops, lectures and conferences.

Coursework though the Harvard Catalyst or Harvard School of Public Health will be available based on the needs and interests of the fellow.

Rotation Schedule/Primary units on which the trainee will function:

  • No night or weekend call
  • Out-patient clinic rotations will be 3 months in duration. Each individual clinic assignment will be ½ day per week with a single preceptor. However, fellows will typically be assigned to work with more than one preceptors and more than one clinic session per week. The maximum number of assigned clinics will be 5 half day sessions per week to guarantee protected time for research and academic enrichment.
  • Elective sessions will be offered in General Gastroenterology, IBD, GI endoscopy, Motility, Pathology and Pediatric Gastroenterology (through the Celiac Group at CHB).

Lectures/Didactics/ Research/Other

Celiac disease specific:
  • Research laboratory meeting (weekly). Fellows will be expected to present regularly (monthly) on the progress and findings of their research projects.
  • Clinical pathology meeting (monthly).
  • Quarterly "Research-in-progress" presentation on Celiac disease. This will be integrated with the twice monthly General Gastroenterology & Hepatology "Research-in-progress" meetings (Wed, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Dana 5).
  • Monthly celiac disease Journal Club. This will be integrated within the weekly celiac disease research meeting (Friday 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Dana 6)
  • Celiac disease fellows' training will be enhanced by participation in regularly scheduled general Gastroenterology and Hepatology teaching events. This will also help fellows to become integrated with the other clinical and research trainees during their fellowship (this will be important as the Celiac Disease Fellowship will likely have just 1 to 3 trainees at any point in time).
  • Pathophysiology of disease - core curriculum conference (weekly)
  • Medical-surgical GI conference (weekly)
  • Combined (BIDMC, BWH, CHB) Longwood GI conference (weekly)
  • Journal Club (bi-weekly)
  • Research-in-Progress conference (monthly)
  • Research lecture series (monthly)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease conference (monthly)
  • Motility Conference (monthly)