Selecting a Fellowship in Gastroenterology

  • Ryan D. Madanick
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    Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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  • Sonia S. Yoon
    Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York
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  • Rana Abraham
    Division of Digestive Diseases, Section of Gastroenterology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
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      For the trainee who has decided on a career in gastroenterology, the process leading up to a successful pairing with a fellowship program can seem daunting. An informed and organized approach is important to be successful in the selection of a program.
      • Cappell M.S.
      Advice to program directors and applicants for gastroenterology fellowship application and selection.
      The process can be conceptualized in five phases: preparation, application, interviews, ranking, and matching (PAIR–Match; Figure 1) . In recent years, this process typically involved preparation starting from the first postgraduate year of internal medicine training; however, the internal medicine subspecialty match has recently undergone a shift in its timetable. The process and details of applying for a gastroenterology fellowship have been addressed in a recent MET Corner article.
      • DeCross A.J.
      • Proctor D.D.
      The process of applying for gastroenterology fellowship.
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      Figure 1The “PAIR-Match” flow diagram of a successful fellowship selection process by an individual applicant. Successfully selecting and matching into a gastroenterology fellowship takes place in 5 general phases: preparation, application, interviews, ranking, and match. Between each phase, a number of programs may be excluded for various reasons. NTotal, total number of programs available; NNoApply, programs not applied to; NApply, programs applied to; NNoInter, programs not interviewing applicant; NInter, programs interviewing applicant; NNoRank, programs not ranked by applicant; NRank, programs ranked by applicant; NNoMatch, programs not successfully matching with applicant; NMatch, program successfully matching with applicant; NRMP, National Residency Matching Program; PGY, postgraduate year.
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