The Gastroenterology Fellowship Program offered at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is a clinical track with opportunities for clinical and translational research.
Prerequisites for the application to the Fellowship Program include that the candidates:
- Be a graduate of a medical school recognized by the ACGME or a graduate of a foreign medical school who has already obtained a standard ECFMG Certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.
- Have proof of having passed Step I, Step II and Step III of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).
- Be either already board-certified in internal medicine or shall have proof that the candidate will be board-eligible in internal medicine by the time he/she starts the fellowship.
- Have proof of U.S. citizenship, a valid residency or J-1 visa. This program does not support H1-B visas.
Please note, you must apply through ERAS and register for participation in the match through the NRMP Fellowship Medical Specialties Matching Program.
Your ERAS application will require the following documentation and should be uploaded here.
- CV (resumé)
- Three current letters of recommendation
- A letter / evaluation from the Department Chair or Training Program Director
- USMLE scores (must have passed STEPS 1, 2 and 3 to be considered for an interview)
- ECFMG certificate (see “International Medical Graduates,” below)
- Medical school transcript
- Certificate of completion (or good standing in) ACGME accredited residency (can be in Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine)
- Personal statement
International Medical Graduates
Graduates of foreign medical schools are welcome to apply to the Fellowship provided they have passed the FMGEMS exam and have a standard ECFMG Certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.
Fellows must have U.S. Citizenship, permanent residency status or a valid J-1 visa status. Again, this fellowship program is unable to accept candidates with H1B visas.
Timeline and Deadlines
All applicants are reviewed through ERAS, internal and external candidates alike. The Program reviews all applications and selects the most qualified candidates for an interview.
- June: MyERAS opens for fellowship applicants (click here for MyERAS® Fellowship User Guide)
- Mid-July: ERAS PostOffice opens to July cycle programs
- December: Match Results available for July application cycle programs
Again, interviews will begin in September. Appointments are announced in December.
All accepted candidates must obtain an Arizona postgraduate training permit (see "Licensure") from the Arizona Medical Board.
What to Expect
The ERAS and National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) websites have information for fellowship application and match registration deadlines. It is generally recommended applicants start gathering application materials in January to be ready to apply by July. It is highly recommended you have taken “Step III” (pre-boards residency exam). ERAS begins transmitting applications to the fellowship programs in early to mid-July. It is highly recommended your application be completed and submitted by this point. The application review process starts the last week of July through August. Interview offers go out shortly after the review process. Interviews occur over a 4-6 week period, between September and October (This may vary depending on the application deadlines for ERAS and NRMP.). Rank lists are due in mid-November and the match announcement is in early December.
A Fellow accepts appointment as a Clinical Assistant in the Program. It is understood that appointments at the UA College of Medicine are year-to-year, and subject to annual renewal, pursuant to Chapter 4, University Handbook for Appointed Personnel and the Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual, 6-301, et seq.