Fellow Testimonials

Jessica Jou (2022)

My name is Jess, and I'm currently one of the first year fellows. I attended the University of Michigan for Undergrad, Wayne State University for medical school, then returned to the University of Michigan for residency prior to moving back to Detroit for GI fellowship at Henry Ford. Over the last year, I've had the opportunity to treat a diverse and complex patient population. As the Henry Ford hospital system functions as a tertiary care referral center, we have exposure to patients from urban Detroit, surrounding suburban communities and throughout the state of Michigan.

I truly believe that the greatest strength of the program is the people. Though fellowship has been busy and challenging, I have always felt supported by my co-fellows, attendings and ancillary staff. Our staff is incredibly invested in both our clinical and endoscopic training, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to receive specialized training in Transplant Hepatology, Advanced Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Motility.

As a lifelong Michigander, I've witnessed the tremendous growth in the city over the last few years. There is a unique vibrancy that stems from the city's historical nature and recent renaissance. Within the same neighborhood, you can explore tributes to mo-town, take in art installations, join in the unwavering support for our sports teams and enjoy dinner at an award winning restaurant.

Stephen Simmer (2022)

My name is Stephen Simmer and I am currently a first year fellow at Henry Ford Hospital. I attended the University of Michigan for undergrad and majored in history, but shortly after had the desire to pursue medicine. I went to Wayne State University for medical school and finished my Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan. Having done my third year medical school rotations at Henry Ford and received exceptional training, I was very excited to match here for GI fellowship. I could not be happier with my match. This program has everything I had hoped for in a GI fellowship and is truly elite in the training it provides. We care for a diverse patient population that includes - at its core - the residents of Detroit, but also includes patient transfers from all over the state. The pathology that we care for is correspondingly vast and regularly treat post-Liver Transplant patients, complex IBD, and assist in a variety of Advanced Endoscopy procedures. Throughout all of this there is extensive endoscopy exposure as well as opportunity to pursue research interests. While these traits are essential to a GI fellowship program, they are not what makes Henry Ford truly unique. That trait is the amazing GI faculty, staff, and fellows with whom we interact on a daily basis. The division is extremely supportive and our faculty genuinely care about our well-being. The combination of great training and exceptional people is what makes the Henry Ford GI fellowship program a truly remarkable institution.

Alireza Meighani (2020)

My name is Ali and I am currently in my first year of fellowship. I did my medical school in Dubai and completed internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Soon after starting residency I realized that I was surrounded by a team of supportive faculty and staff to help me grow and thrive as a young physician. Henry Ford soon became my second home and that is why I chose it again to do my GI fellowship training. As a GI fellow, there are plenty of learning opportunities at Henry Ford. The challenge of negotiating complex medical decision-making in a quaternary care hospital is amplified by the rich cultural, religious and socioeconomic diversity of Detroit. In my first year of fellowship I became well versed in evidence-based care, interpersonal dynamics, rapid medical evaluation, triage and endoscopic intervention. Fellowship training can be hard sometimes, but in my personal experience, there has always been plenty of support from both faculty and the senior fellows. I am so happy to be a part of this fellowship program.

Ranya Selim, M.D. (2021)

My name is Ranya Selim and I am currently in my first year of GI fellowship. I completed my pre-med and medical programs at a branch campus of Cornell University in Qatar. Having lived abroad my entire life, I knew little about Henry Ford, let alone Michigan, when I first matched here for residency. As I progressed through my residency however, I realized what a gem this place is. Henry Ford is a major referral center not only in Michigan, but the entire Midwest. The diversity of patients in terms of demographics as well as pathology gradually made me very comfortable with complex cases and extremely sick patients who came from hospitals all over the state. I began to learn how vast our GI capabilities were, from liver transplantation (highest number in Michigan) to advanced endoscopy, there was almost nothing we didn’t offer at Henry Ford. As I began to interview at other programs, I realized how this program stood out in terms of strength of training, call schedules, and most importantly how friendly the environment is and how truly happy the fellows are. I was lucky to match here after ranking it first place, and 6 months in I couldn’t be happier this is where I ended up.

Our staff are truly exceptional. Not only are they incredibly talented and amazing teachers, their dedication to their patients is unparalleled. They choose to work here because they genuinely care for their patients and strive to help them in any way they can, even when others have deemed it impossible. They are incredibly supportive and really make the work that we do that much more enjoyable and create and familial workplace environment. I am proud to be a fellow here and cannot imagine a better place to be for fellowship.

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