Gastroenterology Fellowship Match
GI Match: A GI Fellow's Perspective
Joseph Chang, MD, speaks about his experience as a gastroenterology fellow participating in the GI Match, and his perspective on why it benefits young GIs.
GI Match: A Training Director's Perspective
Arthur J. DeCross, MD, AGAF, speaks about his program's experience with the GI Match, and the benefits of the match to the profession.
GI Match Update
As we move forward with registration for the GI Match 2012 for positions beginning July 1, 2013, we 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 2011 Match was successful with a match rate of 97 percent. In an effort to bolster and 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:
Resolution Regarding Gastroenterology Fellowship Applicants
Includes all Research and Clinical Fellowship Applicants and Positions
- Guide for Gastroenterology Programs and Applicants on the NRMP and ERAS
Please distribute to your fellowship applicants the joint-society adopted resolution above, approved November 2005 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 NRMP'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 GIMatch@gastro.org.
ERAS Application Process
As an additional resource to improve the application process, gastroenterology has enrolled into 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. We are now coordinating efforts to enroll gastroenterology into ERAS for positions to begin July 2013.
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. Feel free to contact Joy Akinyi at email@example.com or 301-272-1185 with any questions you may have or visit ERAS at www.aamc.org/eras.