About the Program

The fellowship program in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center offers broad training. It provides clinical, endoscopic and research training modified to meet the individual goals and interests of the trainee. Fellows will be board eligible for ABIM certification in Gastroenterology upon satisfactory completion of the three-year training program.

The fellowship program is structured to provide ample training in both clinical and basic research as well as clinical gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopic procedures. Upon completion of the program, post-doctoral fellows have sufficient background and training to pursue an academic career or a career in clinical practice.

This program is fully accredited by the ACGME for a complement of twelve fellows in a 4-4-4 configuration. Our fellowship program is committed to establishing mentoring relationships that seek to benefit both the faculty member and the trainee. Through a careful pairing process, trainees will select and collaborate with a designated mentor to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential for future success. Ongoing assessment by the program director will include confidential reviews of the mentoring relationship to ensure optimal results.

Program Requirements

The program requirements are similar for all fellows. Each trainee receives at least 18 months of clinical training in:
  • General gastroenterology, including hepatology
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Gastrointestinal oncology
Hepatology comprises approximately 30 percent of this experience. Fellows achieve consultative experience on the inpatient gastroenterology and hepatobiliary consultative services. They receive outpatient consultative experience in the Gastroenterology Clinic and Endoscopy Center. Ongoing ambulatory clinical experience provides training in the longitudinal management of gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders.

Basic and clinical research 

The additional 18 months of training may be individualized to meet the interests and goals of the trainee. The trainees are expected to have a strong research background. Trainees may spend up to 12 consecutive months in the basic research setting. Alternatively, trainees may elect a clinical research experience. Trainees are expected to prepare their research findings for presentation at a national meeting and publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The division director and program directors approve trainees’ schedules and grant credit upon satisfactory completion of specified rotations.


Application Process

Eligibility criteria
  • MD or DO
  • US citizenship, permanent resident or J1 Visa status
  • Completion of three years of U.S. postgraduate residency training in an ACGME-accredited program by the time of entry into the fellowship program

Candidate selection

Applications are reviewed after all supporting documents have been received. Applicants must have completed an ACGME-approved residency program in internal medicine prior to beginning the gastroenterology fellowship program. Completed applications are reviewed by the Fellowship Education Committee.

Candidate interviews

Based on qualifications and reference letters, selected candidates are invited for an interview. Candidates are notified by e-mail and by phone when they are invited for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in September and October. During interview sessions, the candidate meets with gastroenterology faculty, including the program director and the division director. A tour of The Ohio State University Endoscopy Center is provided. A breakfast with fellow representatives from each training year provides an opportunity for the candidate to learn more about the program.

All faculty interviewers evaluate candidates. After interviews have been completed, applicants are ranked by the Fellowship Selection Committee. Applicant ranking is based on multiple factors, some of which include academic credentials, aptitude, preparedness, motivation and communication skills.

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition does not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, ethnicity, national origin or disability.

Application to our ACGME-accredited gastroenterology fellowship program is done via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Paper applications will not be reviewed. All positions in the gastroenterology program are filled through the NRMP match.

Applications must include:

  • A complete CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • USMLE board score reports
  • A recent photograph (optional)

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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellows

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellows

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General Competencies

General Competencies

The six general competency areas that fellows will continue to grow in during their fellowship time include patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice.