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For any additional questions, please contact our Program Coordinator, Jessica Biarnes, at (727) 588-5704.

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ACGME: 1441114231

NRMP: 1981144F0

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Mission Statement

The Largo Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.

Program Overview

A graduate from the Gastroenterology Fellowship program of Largo Medical Center will be expected to have the ability and qualifications to become a highly-skilled consultant and caregiver in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders with expectations of the best outcome performed in the most efficient manner.

The fellow will be expected to become an excellent teacher, investigator and procedurist, well versed in all aspects of gastroenterology and using the most modern technology available.

The primary goal of the Gastroenterology Fellowship program at Largo Medical Center is to provide an excellent foundation for residents in pursuit of a clinical career in gastroenterology and to eventually become certified in the subsection of gastroenterology of the American Board of Osteopathic Internal Medicine or the ABMS.

The program will include extensive gastrointestinal consultations, training in multiple endoscopic procedures, including both interventional and diagnostic procedures, interpretation of both radiological and pathological information, and exposure to patients in multiple medical settings including hospital, ambulatory surgical units, clinics, and private offices.

The program provides extensive participation in patient care across two medical campuses. Fellows also participate in a weekly outpatient clinic experience. Training in endoscopic procedures, including EUSs and ERCPs, is designed to advance along with the fellow’s progression in training. Fellows receive exposure to patients across the disease and age spectrums.

The fellows will be offered exposure to patients presenting with different gastrointestinal symptoms and will be supervised in endoscopic procedures. The training program will include interrelationships with other disciplines including surgery, pathology, radiology, and primary care physicians.

Get to Know the Team

Marc Kudelko, DO Program Director


Core Faculty

Marc Kudelko, DO

Program Director

  • Undergraduate: Southern Methodist University
  • Medical School: Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency: Suncoast Hospital
  • Fellowship: Botsford General Hospital

Mitchel Hoffman, MD

Associate Program Director

Basem Alkurdi, MD

Core Faculty Member

Steven Beljic, DO

Core Faculty Member

Justin Nudell, DO

Core Faculty Member

Michael Schulman, DO

Core Faculty Member

Joel Richter, MD

Core Faculty Member

Hussein Osman-Mohamed, MD

Faculty Member

Program Details

The Largo Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals. A graduate from the Gastroenterology Fellowship program of Largo Medical Center will be expected to have the ability and qualifications to become a highly-skilled consultant and caregiver in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders with expectations of the best outcome performed in the most efficient manner.

The primary goal of the Gastroenterology Fellowship program at Largo Medical Center is to provide an excellent foundation for residents in pursuit of a clinical career in gastroenterology and to eventually become certified in the subsection of gastroenterology of the American Board of Osteopathic Internal Medicine or the ABMS.

The program will include extensive gastrointestinal consultations, training in multiple endoscopic procedures, including both interventional and diagnostic procedures, interpretation of both radiological and pathological information, and exposure to patients in multiple medical settings including hospital, ambulatory surgical units, clinics, and private offices.

The program provides extensive participation in patient care across two medical campuses. Fellows also participate in a weekly outpatient clinic experience. Training in endoscopic procedures, including EUSs and ERCPs, is designed to advance along with the fellow’s progression in training. Fellows receive exposure to patients across the disease and age spectrums.

Curriculum and Rotation Schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

See our Schedule

Lecture series, conferences, journal clubs, and daily academic rounds round out the fellows’ clinical learning.

Fellows receive a comprehensive structured cognitive and procedural clinical education in both inpatient and outpatient settings that will enable them to become competent, proficient and professional osteopathic gastroenterologists.

Conferences in which gastroenterology fellows will be involved include the following:

  • Tumor board
  • Gastroenterology journal club
  • Morning report
  • Case presentation
  • Medical/surgical conferences
  • Department of internal medicine meetings
  • Mortality and morbidity conferences
  • Conferences outside the hospital and clinic setting including:
    • American Gastroenterology Association
    • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
    • Florida Osteopathic Medical Association
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • Utilization review

First Year Fellow

The First Year Fellow in gastroenterology will spend 12 months in clinical gastroenterology, which will include monthly rotations with multiple faculty members. During that time, the fellow will be expected to develop basic endoscopic procedural skills, diagnostic skills and treatment approaches. Supervision will be carried out for all consultations, endoscopic procedures, hospital rounds, and patient contact.

Evidence-based medicine and treatment will be stressed in the most cost-efficient and thorough manner. The First Year Fellow will be actively involved in teaching rounds, clinical conferences, grand rounds, morning report, and tumor board. The First Year Fellow will also begin a research project.

The First Year Fellow in gastroenterology will participate in ambulatory clinics, which will be Faculty supervised.

Second Year Fellow

The Second Year Fellow in gastroenterology will spend twelve months in clinical services, which will include endoscopic procedures, which may be more technically advanced than those in the first year program. This will include endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.

Time will be spent both at the major facilities, Largo Medical Center and the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Medical Center, as well as elective opportunities will be included regarding hepatology, esophageal motility, research and other programs approved by the teaching faculty.

The Second Year Fellow will become a primary teaching resource for medical students, residents, and first-year gastroenterology fellows. The Second Year Fellow will also participate actively in morning report, grand rounds and lectures.

Third Year Fellow

The third year of the fellowship program in gastroenterology will be comprised of three months of clinical gastroenterology and elective programs which will include research, therapeutic endoscopic procedures-specifically endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and other tertiary endoscopic procedures.

The Third Year Fellow will also be expected to participate actively in conferences and present Grand Rounds as well as regular lectures. The Third Year Fellow will also be actively involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, and first- and second-year gastroenterology fellows.

Conference Schedule

Lecture series, conferences, journal clubs, and daily academic rounds round out the fellows’ clinical learning.

Fellows receive a comprehensive structured cognitive and procedural clinical education in both inpatient and outpatient settings that will enable them to become competent, proficient and professional osteopathic gastroenterologists.

Conferences in which gastroenterology fellows will be involved include the following:

  • Tumor board
  • Gastroenterology journal club
  • Morning report
  • Case presentation
  • Medical/surgical conferences
  • Department of internal medicine meetings
  • Mortality and morbidity conferences
  • Conferences outside the hospital and clinic setting including:
    • American Gastroenterology Association
    • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
    • Florida Osteopathic Medical Association
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • Utilization review

Salary & Benefits Information

Salary

Annual Salary

On-Call Meals

Total

PGY4: $59,738

$950

$60,688

PGY5: $62,254

$950

$63,204

PGY6: $64,563

$950

$65,513

Health Insurance

Available with a cost share; optional family plan can be purchased.

Dental Coverage

Provided with minimal charge.

Basic Life Insurance

Provided at no cost; additional amounts may be purchased for resident or family.

Professional Liability Insurance

Provided at no cost.

Disability Insurance

Special portable anticipated income disability insurance available at nominal cost.

Vacation/Educational Leave

15 days paid vacation. PTO is utilized for vacation and sick days. Additional educational days are available and must be preapproved by the Program Director and be in accordance with GME policies and procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

We prefer M.D/D.O/M.B.B.S from an approved school of medicine within two years of applying to the program. In addition, we prefer you to have passed USMLE Step I, Step II Clinical Knowledge, please reach out to the coordinator about score minimums. As well as to have passed Step II Clinical Skills Exam in first attempt by the time the rank order list is submitted at the end of interview season. We prefer COMLEX levels 1, 2 CE & PE scores of 500 or better. USMLE helpful but not required for osteopathic candidates.

We accept all candidates through the NRMP match from accredited US Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Schools, and LCME accredited International Medical Schools. Candidates should be within 2 years of graduation from an LCME approved medical school or osteopathic school. Up to 5 years with advanced clinical experience, such as a prior internship or residency.

We will request a dean’s letter, your medical school transcript, a personal statement, USMLE or COMLEX scores, a headshot photograph, two letters of recommendation and your curriculum vitae.

We utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for our Matching process. All first-year positions are accepted through the ERAS and there are no pre-match positions. ERAS applications are accepted September 16th through December 15th each year.

For information on ERAS, visit the AAMC website.

Research is an important part of our mission at the HCA/USF Morsani College of Medicine Largo Medical Center. There are numerous opportunities for residents to participate in ongoing projects through Largo Medical Center or a project of their own.

Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research. Opportunities include the ability to present at Grand Rounds, publish manuscripts and present posters at local, regional or national conferences. For residents with a specific research interest, faculty mentorship is required to assist residents in completing the research process.

Information about other HCA GME programs can be found at HCA Healthcare website.