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Korean J Gastroenterol 2019; 73(1): 7-9  https://doi.org/10.4166/kjg.2019.73.1.7
Gastrointestinal Fellowship Education in Korea
Soon Man Yoon and Jae Myung Cha1
Department of Internal Medicine, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju; Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine1, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Jae Myung Cha, Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, 892 Dongnam-ro, Gangdong-gu, Seoul 05278, Korea. Tel: +82-2-440-6113, Fax: +82-2-440-6295, E-mail: drcha@khu.ac.kr, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9403-230X
Received: January 2, 2019; Revised: January 7, 2019; Accepted: January 7, 2019; Published online: January 25, 2019.
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Since the residency training program in internal medicine changed from a four-year to a three-year program in 2017 in Korea, issues of an optimal training program for the gastrointestinal (GI) fellowship has arisen. Currently, the evaluation criteria for a GI fellowship in Korea include the following; 1) the total number of assigned patients during the training period, 2) the number of GI endoscopy procedures, 3) attendance at academic conferences, and 4) research presentations. However, competency-based training should be introduced in the GI fellowship training program. The current issues of GI fellowship training in Korea include the following; 1) reorganization of the GI fellowship education system and consideration of an optimal training period following the introduction of the three-year internal medicine residency training program, 2) development of a standardized, competency-based GI fellowship training program, 3) provision of a support program for instructors in GI fellowship education, 4) introduction of a mentor-mentee system, 5) introduction of an accreditation system for GI fellowship, 6) supplementation of a GI sub-specialty qualification system, and 7) provision of benefits to GI sub-specialists.
Keywords: Gastroenterology; Fellowships and scholarships; Education; Programs

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