Mayo Clinic in Arizona manages a diverse group of referral patients with GI and liver disease from across the country and increasingly from around the world. The majority of our national referrals originate in Arizona and the southwestern United States, while Mexico has become an increasingly large source of international referrals. This diverse referral population creates an optimal patient mix for learning.
Outpatient consultations are seen at Mayo Clinic's Scottsdale campus, a large outpatient facility equipped with a ten-room endoscopy unit, including a dedicated fluoroscopy unit, a motility lab, comprehensive pathology and laboratory medicine support, extensive radiology facilities and a full service library.
More than 700,000 patients have been treated at this contemporary facility since it opened in 1987. Patients have a wide variety of disorders that can be managed in our various clinics including IBD clinic, motility clinic, esophageal clinic and general GI clinic. Fifteen examining rooms, all equipped with networked workstations, allow plenty of room in which to work.
Our hospital practice is based at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first Mayo designed facility, which has been awarded the Consumers Choice Award annually since it opened in 1987. Patients are admitted to one of five floors of this high-tech, high-touch hospital. The hospital consists of 205 beds, including two ICUs housing 20 beds. Hospitalized patients have critical problems in hepatobiliary disease, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal bleeding, cancer and nutritional issues.
Three interventional radiologists, a large surgical team, and a four-bed endoscopy unit with a dedicated fluoroscopy room support our GI team. Liver transplants are performed routinely for patients with end-stage liver disease, including both living-donor liver transplants as well as deceased donor transplants. Transplantation is supported by a standing complement of consultants in infectious disease, pharmacology and physical therapy. Facilities complement patient care with a library, pathology and medical laboratories, surgical suites and examining rooms for managing outpatients.
Our endoscopy practice is extremely large and diverse. We perform more than 15,000 outpatient procedures each year at both the clinic and hospital including advanced procedures like endoscopic ultrasound, radiofrequency ablation therapy, esophageal stents, PEG, ERCP and enteroscopy. Esophageal and gastroduodenal motility testing, anorectal function tests and esophageal pH tests also are performed. Fellows routinely surpass their minimal requirements for colonoscopy and upper endoscopy within their first year of training.
During gastroenterology training, fellows have access to the following resources and support services:
- Computerized patient records system allowing immediate access to medical records from any workstation in the clinic or hospital setting, and through broadband Internet access from home
- Electronic access to medical journals and UpToDate
- Endoscopy simulator
- Teaching tapes for endoscopic training
- Gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition texts
- Pathology teaching files
- Secretarial services for patient care and academic activities
- Broadband access to the Internet through a dedicated T1 line to allow rapid literature search, slide creation, data base management, word-processing and e-mail
- Professional graphic services for slide, video and poster presentations.
- Dedicated office space
The faculty members of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology ay Mayo Clinic in Arizona are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge as well as performing high-quality clinical care. While our faculty members have published and lectured extensively, they remain clinicians first and foremost, so you will have direct access to their clinical expertise on a daily basis throughout your training.
Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during morning and late afternoon lectures. Residents and fellows are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to interact with experts from other academic centers and are relieved from clinical assignments to do so.