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
General Match Information
Applicants may begin applying for 2022 positions to GI Fellowship programs through ERAS as of July 7, 2021. Programs may access ERAS to download and review applications starting July 21, 2021. Results of the match will be posted December 1, 2021 for positions beginning July 1, 2022.
The AASLD, ACG, AGA Institute, and ASGE, would like to reiterate the importance of participation. The Match provides a more streamlined and equitable system for GI recruitment. All programs, whether large or small, research or clinically focused, benefit from participation in the Match. However, the success of the Match depends on sustained participation by all GI training programs.
GI’s participation in the 2021 Match was successful with a match rate of 98.9%. To build on this success, we urge continued and expanded participation this year.
Following are links to two key documents for your use in participating in the Match:
Multi-Society Resolution Regarding GI Fellowship Applicants
Please distribute to your fellowship applicants the joint-society adopted Resolution that encourages applicants to consider all programs before making an early and quick decision on where to train. Additionally, we encourage division chiefs and training directors to contact their peers directly to engage in a constructive dialogue about the Match and the overall and multiple benefits of participating.
Training directors are strongly encouraged to assume direct responsibility for registering and entering all necessary data into the National Resident Matching Program’s registration system. This includes the program’s information and the number of positions entered into the Match per track. The Match agreement is legally binding; therefore, it is important that the Training Director ensures the accuracy of this data.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact ACG.
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
In 2007, Gastroenterology enrolled in the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS) as an additional resource to improve the application process. ERAS takes advantage of today’s technology to provide a user-friendly, streamline application process for both training programs and fellowship applicants. The GI societies are now coordinating efforts to enroll gastroenterology into ERAS for positions to begin July 2022.
ERAS is a program offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges and provides applicants with a user-friendly interface to create and submit application material. This easy-to-use software also allows programs to manage the entire application process, from filing material to scheduling and ranking applicants. Its tools are customizable to help you quickly locate applicants with the characteristics your program is looking for in order to recruit the best applicants for your program.
To date, nearly 30 residency specialties and 18 subspecialties participate in ERAS. This means most if not all potential candidates for your program are already familiar with the ERAS process through their residency application experience. In fact, applicants have expressed overwhelming support for a universal, electronic web-based application over traditional paper application processes.
This service is free for participating programs; it is maintained by fees from applicants.
ERAS will send an email to GI training programs, along with enrollment information. For questions, visit the ERAS website.
July 7, 2021
ERAS Post Office opens to fellowship applicants. They can research GI programs and coordinate application materials (for more information see section VI of the Guide for Gastroenterology Programs and Applicants on the NRMP and ERAS). Applicants can electronically apply (through ERAS) to programs of their choice.
July 21, 2021
Programs can access ERAS to download applications submitted to them.
August 25, 2021
GI Match Opens for on-line registration by programs and applicants.
August – November 2021
Programs interview applicants.
September 29, 2021
The Match Rank Order List (ROL) opens for programs and applicants.
November 3, 2021
The Match Quota Deadline – the deadline on which programs must submit the final number of positions offered in each track to be matched.
November 17, 2021
The Match Rank Order List (ROL) Certifications due from programs and applicants.
December 1, 2021
Match Day! Match results for programs and applicants are posted to the NRMP website at 12:00 noon Eastern time.
Programs Not Participating in ERAS
For programs not participating in ERAS, applicants will be required to mail their application and accompanying documentation. Applicants must also be aware of the application deadline for these programs.
Some programs may use the Universal Application in addition to, or in lieu of, an individual institutional application. For a copy of the recently updated Universal Application, click here.
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