Introducing: “The Workroom” by LFN

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new initiative, called The Workroom. See below for more information, including details on how to join!

Fill out this survey to join!

What is “The Workroom”?

The Workroom is an online community for trainees in Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship programs across the United States. 

Our goal is to re-create the physical fellows’ workroom — which is traditionally a safe space for trainees to learn from and develop relationships with their peers — in a digital format using the web application Slack.

Eligibility to join: you must be a current fellow in a gastroenterology or hepatology fellowship program (including advanced fellowships) in the United States. In the future we hope to expand to international fellowship programs.

How do I join The Workroom?

How to join: if you are interested, please fill out the following short, 3-5 minute survey: https://forms.gle/yuhpuqoN5dcjHTTs9

After we receive your survey response, we will verify your status as a current fellow and send you a link to sign-up.

What is Slack and how do I get it?

Slack is an online collaboration hub that is typically used as a workplace communication tool, to serve as “a single place for messaging, tools, and files.” It is an instant messaging system with the ability to “add-in” other tools used to collaborate in a team environment (Zoom, Doodle, Google Suite tools, etc).

Communicating within Slack: once you download the application, you can communicate with others in one of two ways:

  • Channels: these are groups with specified topics (i.e., Clinical Cases, Research, Job Search, etc) where you can communicate with all of the people in the group
  • Direct messaging: you can send a DM to any individual in the community to have a one-on-one conversation 

How to download Slack:

  1. Phone Access
    Slack for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Slack
    Slack for iOS/Apple: https://apps.apple.com/app/slack-app/id618783545?ls=1
  2. Computer Access
    Slack for Windows: https://slack.com/help/articles/209038037-Download-Slack-for-Windows
    Slack for Mac: https://slack.com/help/articles/207677868-Download-Slack-for-Mac

What can you gain from The Workroom?

With The Workroom, we hope to change the face of medical education in a way that has never been done before. By breaking through traditional geographic boundaries and the physical constrains of your hospital setting, we hope to give you the opportunity to create an expansive network of peers from whom you can learn and grow as you embark upon your career as a hepatologist.

Here is just a small list of what we hope you gain from joining the Workroom:

  • Enhance your medical knowledge by hearing about challenging cases from peers at other institutions
  • Expand your network of other GI/hepatology fellows across the country
  • Create research collaborations across institutions and bounce ideas off your peers
  • Gain advice about advanced fellowship applications (e.g., for transplant hepatology) and specific details about programs
  • Ask for advice about job applications by learning from the experience of senior fellows

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by e-mail at liverfellownetwork@gmail.com or on Twitter @liverfellow.

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