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Moira B. Hilscher, M.D.

What attracted you to gastroenterology?

During medical school, I worked in Dr. Scott Friedman’s lab studying hepatic stellate cells and liver fibrosis. I became extremely interested in liver pathophysiology and basic science in Hepatology. Throughout the remainder of my medical school training, I pursued electives and volunteer experiences in Gastroenterology and Hepatology and found that I enjoyed the patients and clinical experience of Gastroenterology as well. The synergy between my research and clinical interests has been very rewarding.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?

I completed my Internal Medicine training at the Mayo Clinic and saw that the fellowship program would offer an opportunity to both further my research interests and learn clinical Gastroenterology from leaders in the field. I realized shortly after joining the Internal Medicine residency program at Mayo that the fellowship was unmatched.

What makes the Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology Fellowship unique?

The Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology fellowship is unique in a few ways. One is the exposure to leaders in the field. The consultants that we work with day to day lead the major Gastroenterology societies and have written many of the guidelines that we follow for our patients. Second, the fellowship emphasizes academic development and therefore protects time for research.

Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?

I was surprised by the extent of exposure to each of the subspecialties within Gastroenterology. We rotate through Motility clinics, endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease clinics, and the liver transplant service in order to gain a well-rounded education and clinical experience in Gastroenterology.

What is living in Rochester like for you?

I moved to Rochester from New York City. While this was a big change, it was refreshing in so many ways. Rochester is an affordable and friendly place where it is possible to have a good quality of life on a trainee salary.

What does your future look like right now?

I am currently in the second year of my GI fellowship. I will stay at the Mayo Clinic to complete a fellowship in Transplant Hepatology while pursuing a career as a physician-scientist in Hepatology.