As many of us see patients with abdominal pain on an almost daily basis, it becomes easy to overlook the substantial long-term effects this chronic pain can have on patients. In this quarter’s article, Emily Weaver and Eva Szigethy (UPMC) explore how to utilize a multidisciplinary approach to effectively treat chronic abdominal pain, and they also highlight how chronic abdominal pain can truly be a traumatic experience for patients. This article is definitely a must-read for all practitioners.
Also in this issue of The New Gastroenterologist, Matthew Whitson (Hofstra-Northwell) provides some advice on becoming an, which is critically important, especially when making the transition from being a trainee to now having to teach trainees. Additionally, Erica Cohen and Gil Melmed (Cedars-Sinai) provide some important lessons about attempting to start an investigator-led , which is a difficult task regardless of what career stage you’re in.
In this quarter’s DHPA-cosponsored private practice perspective, Marc Sonenshine (Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates) provides some tips for how to develop a specialized. And in our postfellowship pathway section, Mark Sostek (Orphomed) provides an enlightening overview of some .
Finally, Kathleen Mueller (AskMueller Consulting, LLC) gives an overview of some, which is important knowledge, especially for trainees, and Latha Alaparthi (Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut/Yale/Quinnipiac) provides an overview of some advanced degree programs you may consider when contemplating a career change.
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Bryson W. Katona, MD, PhD
Editor in Chief
Dr. Katona is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.