How to Apply

Our three year program generally includes up to three fellows at a time, normally accepting one new fellow each year.

Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). At the current time, we can only consider applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents holding green cards, as funding is usually from federal training grants. Highly qualified foreign medical graduates who are ECFMG certified and do not need financial support may also apply.  Applications are accepted from July to November through ERAS.  Please see NMRP website for rank list deadline (typically end of November) and match date (typically in December).

Requirements for this program are U.S. citizenship (or permanent Visa), the completion of a three-year pediatric residency program, and the necessary qualifications for a resident's physician licensure in the State of Iowa. This license may be obtained by either passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or other examinations that have reciprocity with the State of Iowa.

ERAS Application Materials Needed:

  • Completed ERAS application 
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae 
  • Personal Statement (limit to one page) 
  • Three letters of recommendation including: 
    • Pediatric Residency Director, and 
    • Two additional faculty (or other appropriate individuals of your choice) 
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Examination Scores 
  • Copy of ECFMG Certificate (applies to international medical graduates only) 
  • Passport-style photograph 

Direct program-related questions and return applications to one of the following:  

Catherine DeGeeter, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Director
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology
University of Iowa
200 Hawkins Drive, BT 1120-F
Iowa City, IA 52242-1083
319-356-2950 (phone)
319-353-8967 (fax)

Kathy Bell, portrait

Kathy Bell, Pediatric Gastroenterology Office Coordinator
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology
University of Iowa
BT 1120-06, 200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1083
319-356-2950 (phone)
319-353-8967 (fax)

* Both the University of Iowa and the Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition Fellowship Program are committed to fostering gender, ethnic and racial diversity. The University of Iowa began admitting African-American students from its inception in the mid-19th Century. It was also the first public institution in the country to admit women on an equal basis with men. This legacy and the enormous importance of diversity in the global community of the 21st Century underscore our institution's commitment to improving access to opportunity for all members of society, especially women and underrepresented minorities.


Application deadline to be determined.

Pediatric 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 American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • A commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care
  • Elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare

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

The Interview

Our fellowship coordinator, Kathy Bell, will contact the fellowship candidate by email regarding the acceptance of a recruitment interview. After an interview date is made, the applicant will have an itinerary arranged. A map of the hospital and directions to our office will be provided when the itinerary is completed.

The interview process will involve the entire morning where the applicant will receive an overview of the program and a complimentary lunch with the entire Division. Applicants will meet with faculty members from within and outside the Division as well as current fellows and support staff. A tour of the facilities, including the outpatient clinic and Pediatric Gastroenterology Endoscopy suite will be provided. 

Travel and hotel reservations are made and paid for by the applicant. Accommodations and recommendations are available upon request.