As a first-year gastroenterology fellow, banding my first patient with a variceal bleed was an exciting – but also stress-provoking – event. What if I banded incorrectly and caused more bleeding? With a successful band, a patient’s hemorrhagic shock is now controlled, hemodynamics improved, and euphoria takes over. Now, in my third year of a gastroenterology fellowship but my first year of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Editorial Fellowship, preparing to present the first manuscript that I handled to the Board of Editors at our weekly meeting has now induced the same excitement and need for the same level of dedication. Have I researched the foundational literature that this current manuscript was built on? What is the trajectory of this research and will this project be interesting to our readers and lead to breakthroughs in the field?
Gastroenterology is the premier flagship journal of the AGA and, in this Editorial Fellowship, I was selected to spend a fully immersive 1-year experience working on all aspects of this journal. In its second year of inception, I echo Dr. Eric Shah’s insight into the transformative and immersive nature of this fellowship.1 In this role, I have made three developments, and each one has left me with a valuable lesson.