Andrew Watson (2019)
My name is Andrew Watson, one of the first year fellows. I obtained my undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and medical degree at the American University of the Caribbean. I completed my residency training, and then a chief year, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Born and raised in Michigan, I was very excited to match at Henry Ford for fellowship and my first year did not disappoint. The GI division at Ford is truly a hidden gem. Being part of a large, academic, quaternary referral center allows us to serve a diverse and complex patient population. The exposure we get to all aspects of GI is incredible—from transplant hepatology, interventional endoscopy, to IBD and motility—and rivals any program in the country. But without a doubt, after completing a year of fellowship, the people are what really makes our GI program so great. Fellowship can be challenging, but it’s made all the easier when the program feels like one big family. The support and guidance I’ve received throughout my first year is priceless, all the while being given the autonomy to grow both personally and professionally. Metro Detroit is a great place to live and the buzz around the city is growing every day. I can’t imagine a better place to complete my training.
Johnathon Markus (2018)
My name is Johnathon Markus and am currently in my second year of fellowship. I went to Wayne State University for both my undergraduate and medical degree. I completed my internal medicine residency training at the Cleveland Clinic. I will start by saying that the training at Henry Ford has been nothing short of remarkable. Very few places across the country offer the wide range of services that we have here. We get to see and do more than most given our robust GI, liver, and advanced services. We do the most transplants in Michigan and are a quaternary care referral center for our advanced services. As you can imagine, there is no shortage of pathology and these patients are managed by our teams.
More importantly is the family you get build in your fellowship. I have made friends for life by working so closely with the people here and our staff is some of the best. From our chair, Dr. Brown to our PD, Dr. Jafri, the mentorship I have received has always been for my own success.
Dora Montezuma-Calvo (2017)
My experience during fellowship was exceptional. Time flew by because I had a great time. The two things I value the most about my training are the outstanding teaching and exposure to a wide variety of disease severities, and the importance given to team work. Patient care and professionalism were always reinforced and I always felt as part of a wonderful team whose main goal was providing the best care to patients.