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Fellowships

Physicians reviewing chartThe Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a three-year fellowship at the VCU Medical Center and the McGuire VA Medical Center. The program involves a comprehensive training package designed to provide level one training — as defined by the joint task force on training in gastroenterology — in all areas related to gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Level two training in hepatology/transplant-hepatology, biliary diseases and nutrition is also available to the majority of fellows.

In addition to the clinical training program, the division has a long-standing training pathway, funded by the National Institutes of Health, for selected candidates to prepare for a career in research-oriented academic gastroenterology and hepatology. Both the clinical and academic tracks have been active for more than 20 years and have produced a large number of excellent clinical gastroenterologists and leaders in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

The mission of our fellowship program is to train and foster the development of future leaders in academic gastroenterology and to train future generations of gastroenterologists and hepatologists who will not only be skilled in the procedural aspects of the specialty, but also have a strong base in the cognitive aspects of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

In addition to the Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellowship, VCU offers a Transplant/Hepatology Fellowship.

Who can apply?

The minimum requirements for an individual to be considered for the clinical fellowship include:

  • Graduate of a medical school recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or foreign medical school with a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • Proof of passing all parts of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, parts I, II and III
  • Either board certification in internal medicine or proof of board eligibility in internal medicine by the time the fellowship starts
  • U.S. citizen, green card or J-1 visa status only

How to apply

There are three clinical positions and one research position available in the Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellowship. These positions are part of the Electronic Residency Application Service, and the National Resident Matching Program. As such, our timeline for applications will follow that of ERAS and NRMP:

  • Nov. 15 – Applicants can electronically apply to programs through ERAS
  • Dec. 1-Jan. 15 – Applications are reviewed by the program
  • Jan. 31 – Application deadline
  • January-April – Applicant interviews
  • April – Match Rank Order List opens for programs and applicants
  • June – Match Day

For further information on the application process, please visit the ERAS website or the NRMP website.

Application materials

Applicants will need to provide all information requested by ERAS, including three letters of recommendation and a letter or evaluation from your department chair or training program director.