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.
Aishwarya Shyamraj (2019)
After completing my medical school training at Ross University in Dominica, I moved back home to Michigan to complete my internal medicine residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. During residency, I got to see first hand the incredible training that our gastroenterology program offers. I aspired to complete my fellowship training here as well. My first two years of training have exceeded my already high expectations of the program. The diversity in pathology we get to see in our clinical and endoscopic practice is remarkable. Our supervising staff are invested in our endoscopic training and provide excellent guidance on a daily basis. As fellows we are able to practice in different clinical settings from seeing IBD patients in a suburban clinic to treating complex GI patients referred to our main hospital in downtown Detroit. Given the presence of robust liver transplant and therapeutic endoscopy programs at our main hospital, we get to see several high acuity patients who are transferred in from across the state.
My GI family from my co-fellows to the senior staff to our support staff have made my fellowship training truly enjoyable. Given the size of the fellowship program, our call schedule is reasonable and I am able to achieve good work-life balance. I have no doubt that my fellowship training has laid a firm stepping stone. As I start exploring job opportunities, I feel confident in my clinical and endoscopy skills needed for independent practice.
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.