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.
ACG’s Training Committee created these resources for internal medicine residents looking to explore a Gastroenterology Fellowship. We hope these resources help you navigate the application process and succeed in your pursuit of joining a GI Fellowship Program.
Tips for Applying
- How to be a more competitive applicant – Tips for Success During Early Residency – By Gautam Mankaney, MD
- How to be a more competitive applicant – Tips for Success During Late Residency – By Indu Srinivasan, MD
- How to write an effective personal statement – By Jason Brown, MD
- Tips for selecting writers / mentors for reference letters – By Jason Brown, MD
- Tips on making your rank order list – By Neal Mehta, MD
- Preparing for interviews and interviewing in the time of COVID-19 – By Marianna Papademetriou, MD
Video Guide for Applying to a Gastroenterology Fellowship
1) Tips & Tricks for Applicants
2) Research and Scholarly Activities
4) Fellowship Tracks
5) ERAS Application
6) What if you don’t Match?
7) Using Social Media for Networking
Interviews with Program Directors
Dr. Jean-Paul Achkar
Dr. Ravi Vachhani
Virginia Commonwealth University
GI Fellowship Program Search
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- Duong N, Aby ES, Hathorn KE, Simons-Linares CR, Bilal M. How to Become a Competitive Applicant for Gastroenterology Fellowship: Tips and Tricks for Success Part II. Dig Dis Sci. 2020 Aug;65(8):2172-2175. doi: 10.1007/s10620-020-06293-4. PMID: 32356262.
- Long MD, Raffals L, Williams R. Program Directors’ Perspectives of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Application. Dig Dis Sci. 2020 Sep;65(9):2735-2736. doi: 10.1007/s10620-020-06378-0. Epub 2020 Jun 13. PMID: 32535776.
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