How to Apply

The fellowship is intended to provide a comprehensive academic training in gastroenterology. There is an NIH Training Grant that can support the fellow beyond the standard training. Applications are also welcome from those with a primary clinical focus. Candidates are expected to have completed training in internal medicine before entering this fellowship. On occasion, a candidate may be accepted after receiving a doctoral degree in an associated biological science. The fellowship is not intended as a way to work toward a graduate degree. If the application is suitable, interviews will be arranged.

Appointment to a fellowship in the division of gastroenterology-hepatology at Iowa requires a 36-month commitment on the part of the appointee.

Fellows are paid a stipend based upon a scale used throughout The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funds for the stipend may come from a National Research Service Award or the NIH Training Grant, the terms of which require the signing of a standard National Institutes of Health payback agreement. Other sources of stipends include the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Fellows paid from these sources may be assigned additional responsibilities for the teaching of medical students. Family health insurance coverage is provided to fellows and their families.

Application Procedure

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

US residents should contact their Dean's Office or ERAS at

International residents should contact the ECFMG at

Visa: H-1B is preferred, sponsorship of J-1 visas is also accepted

An ECFMG certificate must accompany the ERAS application.

A complete ERAS application includes:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of the applicant's long-term career goal and why The University of Iowa Gastroenterology-Hepatology Training Program is particularly suited to meeting those goals
  • Dean's letter
  • Three additional individuals who can assess the applicant's potential for a career in gastroenterology-hepatology from firsthand knowledge of the applicant's performance
  • Copies of ECFMG scores for Steps I, II, and III (if completed)
  • Notarized copies of applicant's transcripts for USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3
  • Medical school transcript
  • An unmounted recent photograph of applicant must accompany application or be provided at time of interview

All applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (Phone: 202-828-0566).

The NRMP number for our program is 1203144FO.

The deadline for applications is August 15. Selected candidates will be invited to interview.

For further information, please contact Hilary Hurlburt at

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is August 15.
Selected candidates will be invited to interview.

Board Certification

Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process which serves multiple purposes for the trainee and the public.

Certification is

  • one mission of the training program to produce trainees who meet board eligibility criteria;
  • distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise;
  • provides more opportunities when applying for employment;
  • presents resources and tools by the ABMS;
  • a commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care; and
  • elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare.

For more information visit the American Board of Internal Medicine for specifics on board certification requirements. 

Eligibility Criteria

Qualified applicants to the University of Iowa Gastroenterology  Fellowship Program are those who have successfully completed medical school and a medicine residency program at an accredited institution.

Interview Information

At the interview, perspective candidates will receive an overview of the program and tour of the facilities. They will also meet individually with key faculty members that may include any or all of the following: the program director, other Gastroenterology and Hepatology faculty, and the department chair.