How to Choose a GI Fellowship

If you are looking for a fellowship that provides you with the support, opportunities and resources you need to develop as a gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition specialist, we recommend looking for a program with six specific attributes.

Top Characteristics of Superior Fellowships

Individualized education

Select a program that offers more than one training track. Whether you seek an academic position or a career devoted primarily patient care, your fellowship should be tailored to fit your unique goals and needs. 

The research track of your program should allow you to pursue independent research interests. You’ll benefit from a larger selection of research opportunities if your program’s teaching faculty is comprised of physicians with various areas of expertise.

The clinical track of your program should offer additional electives and extra training opportunities in advanced procedures.

Quality of mentorship

Supportive mentorship is a key element of a strong fellowship. Your mentors should be nationally renowned and engaged in patient care, scholarly activity and teaching. Confirm that faculty research is supported by extramural funding. Moreover, select a fellowship with a low fellow-to-faculty ratio. Although being accepted to smaller programs is often difficult and competitive, enrolling in a program that has fewer fellows can mean you’ll receive more personal attention from attending physicians.

Breadth of rotations

Effective programs provide in-depth rotations that strengthen your expertise in areas including outpatient gastroenterology, advanced proceduresGI consult and longitudinal care within continuity clinics. Your elective options should be flexible; choose a program that gives you diverse experiences by allowing you to pursue electives throughout the country and abroad.

Diverse set of conferences and lectures

Look for a fellowship that provides you with comprehensive didactic curriculum to supplement the bedside experience you gain during rotations. Your program should enable you to participate in grand rounds, research seminars and journal club sessions that generate discussion and keep you informed about current gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition research.

Solid reputation

You can identify a high quality fellowship by investigating the standing of its:

Situated in a livable city

It’s important you feel at home both in and outside of your training program. Avoid applying for fellowships in cities that fail to meet your living needs. Our fellowship is located in a locale that boasts: