Applying to GI Fellowship Programs: What You Need to Know

The process of applying and successfully matching to a Gastroenterology fellowship program is a competitive one, with many factors playing a role in an applicant’s success.  In this competitive and rapidly changing application process and medical environment, keys to a successful career lie on optimizing resource utilization and availing educational and mentoring opportunities.  Taking these steps will better prepare the GI fellowship applicant for success in the match process and allow one to achieve career satisfaction during later stages of the medical profession.

Preparing a fellowship application can be a tedious endeavor, which involves requesting letters of recommendation, acquiring the medical school Dean’s letter and transcript, downloading USMLE scores, well-articulating goals into a personal statement, and then cataloguing all of one’s accomplishments, including research productivity, in the online Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system.  Getting involved in scholarly activities early in residency training and bringing those projects to maturation are keys for distinguishing an application in order to be granted an interview.  Additionally, fellows need to research all the programs that are available for them to apply, and consider things like geography, VISA status, faculty and research niches when comparing programs.  Many residency programs may not have internal fellowship positions, and candidates apply and compete with internal residents of other academic centers. The critical role of mentoring for the fellowship application process and ongoing career development cannot be emphasized enough. Effective mentoring has been shown to lead to better career decisions, satisfaction and success.

With the help of ACG Training Committee and the Resident Initiative Task Force, lead by Dr. Tauseef Ali and Dr. Amy Oxentenko, and active participation and contribution by Dr. Nabil Fayad and Dr. Michelle Nazareth, we created a resource platform consisting of short educational and informative videos for internal medicine residents looking to explore a Gastroenterology Fellowship.

The Objectives of this resource platform are:

  • Detail the fellowship match process, including timeline and match statistics
  • Understand the differing gastroenterology fellowship tracks
  • Understand the application process for fellowship training
  • Provide tips on how to become a competitive candidate
  • Provide mentoring opportunities for feedback regarding an application
  • Detail the differing advanced fellowship tracks

We sincerely hope you will enjoy these videos and find them helpful.

1) Resource Platform for Residents Interested in a Career in Gastroenterology

2) Residents’ Guide to a Gastroenterology Fellowship – Match Statistics

3) Residents’ Guide to a Gastroenterology Fellowship – Research and Scholarly Activities

4) Residents’ Guide to a Gastroenterology Fellowship – Networking

5) Residents’ Guide to a Gastroenterology Fellowship – Fellowship Tracks

6) Residents’ Guide to a Gastroenterology Fellowship – ERAS Application

7) Residents’ Guide to a Gastroenterology Fellowship – Interview Tips

8) Residents’ Guide to a Gastroenterology Fellowship – VISA Issues