Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship

Welcome to the Michigan Medicine Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Fellowship Program. Our IBD Program is one of the largest in the country where patients with IBD are seen by faculty who are experts in IBD who have both clinical and research expertise.


Jami Kinnucan, MD

Jami Kinnucan, MD
Program Director, Advanced IBD Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine


U-M GI & Hepatology Division, Dr. Peter Higgins
Peter Higgins, MD, PhD, MS (CRDSA)

Peter Higgins, MD, PhD, MS (CRDSA)
Associate Program Director, Advanced IBD Fellowship Program
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine


Overview and Objectives

This advanced fellowship is a one-year fourth year (additional training) non-ACGME Michigan Medicine Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) fellowship at the University of Michigan. It is a 12-month postgraduate training program in the evaluation and management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Our goal is to provide a rigorous training program for eligible fellows which will enable graduates to achieve excellence in the care of IBD patients.

After completion of the advanced IBD fellowship, trainees should be capable of independently evaluating and managing complex patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease including diagnosis, indications for endoscopy and diagnostic imaging, indications for medical therapy and monitoring in therapy, indications for surgical management and post-operative management, management of IBD in multidisciplinary setting (nutrition, surgery, psychosocial).

Candidates can apply for the Clinical Track or the Research Track with 50% IBD clinical time.

To be eligible to apply to our training program, applicants must have achieved the following:

  • Graduated from a three-year ACGME accredited gastroenterology training program
  • Become board eligible or board certified in gastroenterology
  • Eligible to obtain a Michigan medical license
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status.
  • Applicants with a J-1 visa or an H1B visa are not eligible to apply for this training program because salary support for the fellowship is generated by the trainee, who performs general endoscopic procedures one day per week.

Clinical Training

The Advanced IBD Fellowship consists of an individualized training opportunity in the management of complex outpatient IBD, diagnostic and therapeutic IBD endoscopy, multidisciplinary management of IBD with surgery, nutrition and psychosocial collaboration, and inpatient evaluation and management. The fellow will also participate in outpatient IBD didactic sessions. The program provides a supportive learning environment for future independent IBD practice. The fellow will also participate in the teaching of medical students, residents, and other GI fellows during their advanced training.


There is a weekly IBD conference and weekly Division of Gastroenterology grand rounds. The advanced IBD fellow will be expected to present at GI grand rounds, multidisciplinary conference, and journal club.


It is expected that the fellow will participate in at least one scholarly activity which could include research (basic, clinical, or translational) or quality improvement project during the 12-month training program. The fellow will be expected to present the results of this research project at a national meeting and write at least one original research paper within the 12-month fellowship.


Advanced IBD fellows will be evaluated by competency-based ABIM Evaluation Forms.

Application Process

Applicants interested in applying for this training opportunity can fill out the online IBD Fellowship Application Form. The program will review applications for 2022–2023 from October 2020 through March 2021. As part of the application, the following documents are required.

  • Current CV
  • Personal statement about why you want to pursue an advanced training in IBD
  • (2) Letters of Recommendation (one from current Program Director)
  • Photograph
  • USMLE Step 1, 2, 3 transcript
  • Non-US applicants must be eligible to obtain a State of Michigan Medical License
  • Applicants who are International Medical Graduates must provide a letter from an Internal Medicine faculty member who served as their supervisor or instructor at a U.S. academic institution, attesting to the applicant’s clinical experience and competence at that institution.

IBD Faculty

IBD Surgery Faculty


If you have any questions, please contact